Bank of the West Celebrates Financial Literacy Month in April


Bank of the West's classroom focus on financial skills helps build a money smart generation

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the West's support of National Financial Literacy Month during April is helping to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy and encourage consumers to maintain healthy financial habits.

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The bank's Community Affairs activities will highlight Teach Children to Save Day on April 24 and host events throughout the month of April including:

  • Read-aloud programs for kindergarten to third grade students that teach early lessons on saving, giving and spending.
  • Junior Achievement activities with middle school students through a hands-on experiential exercise with financial decisions they'll face later in life (budgeting, bill paying).
  • Volunteer-led workshops for young adults striving for greater independence and financial self-sufficiency.

"Throughout the year, Bank of the West employees lend their expertise to schools and organizations to teach financial education to individuals of all ages," said Tani Girton, executive vice president and treasurer at Bank of the West. Girton is a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Northern California and has led numerous volunteer teams in the classroom.  "In today's complex financial marketplace, it's important for young people to be financially literate so they can successfully navigate the many choices they'll face early in life. By advancing the economic well-being of individuals and families, we're contributing to stronger communities and, in turn, a stronger economy."

Bank of the West's recognition and support of Financial Literacy Month is part of the bank's broader ongoing commitment to support financial education in the communities it serves. In 2011, Bank of the West's financial education efforts reached 11,000 students providing them with tools to promote self-sufficiency.

About Bank of the West

Founded in 1874, $62.4 billion-asset Bank of the West (, member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

SOURCE Bank of the West

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