First National Bank of Waterloo provides financial literacy resources to local schools


First National Bank of Waterloo provides financial literacy education to more than 1,420 students in several Illinois counties, including Trinity Lutheran School, Stewardson-Strasburg Elementary School, and St. Anthony Grade School.

Students from 17 schools 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.

Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, says, “Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts and they work out tasks based on real life. “But because First National Bank of Waterloo sponsors it, local schools get it for free. Now more than ever, it is important that children develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and First National Bank of Waterloo is recognizing this and doing something about it.”

As students learn, teachers can easily monitor and review their progress remotely. After completing Banzai, students know where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs, create a budget, and more. Banzai resources are available at

First National Bank of Waterloo partners with Banzai to build community financial literacy by investing time, money, industry experience and a variety of banking resources. In addition to the Banzai Library, First National Bank of Waterloo also offers virtual or classroom presentations from local experts on current topics.

Banzai Resources is used by more than 97,000 teachers across America. Courses align with Illinois state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to gain important financial literacy skills.

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