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United Prairie Bank provides financial literacy resources to local students

COTTONWOOD — United Prairie Bank is bringing financial literacy education to over 2,280 students and residents in Cottonwood and several other surrounding counties.

Students at 23 schools and the surrounding community will now have free access to Banzai, an award-winning online program and content library that allows users to practice real-world finance from the safety of their home or classroom using any internet-enabled device. Schools in New Ulm include St Paul’s Lutheran and New Ulm High School.

Through the Banzai online courses, students try out managing a budget, saving for a goal, and dealing with unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers are able to easily monitor and grade student progress remotely. Other resources, which include articles, calculators, and personalizable Coach sessions, explain everything from the basics of filing your taxes to how health insurance works. These resources are available at unitedprairiebank.learnbanzai.com.

For 2 years, United Prairie Bank has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the Minnesota community by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources. Now, they’re taking their commitment to education a step further. Through their help, students have access to Banzai learning tools, virtual or in-classroom presentations from a United Prairie Bank expert, and even class visits to a branch to see it all in person.

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