Financial education in our schools A visit to South Winneshiek Middle School May 1, 2019 – Decorah – We are huge fans of financial literacy in schools. Students who learn personal finance principles early have the most time to apply what they learn before taking on the responsibilities of adulthood. That’s why we enjoy offering financial education literacy programs in area schools to teach basic money management concepts of saving, understanding debt, investing, and giving. We want to help parents, educators, and students by empowering student-learners to make safe, smart, and informed financial decisions. We know that these young people are gaining essential money skills that they will need in their daily lives. Recently personal banker Kay Erdman and financial education coordinator Laura Ode visited with students at South Winneshiek Middle School about the importance of getting in the habit of budgeting, saving regularly, spending wisely, and protecting their identity. The 8th-grade class recently completed Decorah Bank sponsored financial literacy program called “How To Do Your Banking” – one of three fi-ed programs that the Bank sponsors. Students had well-thought-out questions and demonstrated a desire to learn how to manage their money instead of letting money manage them. Thank you South Winneshiek Middle School – keep doing great things! Do you want to learn about money management? Visit our financial education resource library.