Common Cents with People’s United Bank

In October, Girl Scouts from eastern Massachusetts gained solid money smarts from People’s United Bank–skills that will last these girls a lifetime. Girl Scout Daisies and Juniors joined People’s United Bank for a virtual tour of a bank branch to learn about the day-to-day responsibilities of a banker, see the inside of a bank, learn why people use a bank, and meet bank employees. After learning how a bank keeps money safe, Girl Scouts explored themes of needs versus wants, and how to make smart decisions about your money.

Girl Scout participants earned three financial literacy awards during three unique workshops:

Making Choices
Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1) learned the difference between the things they need, and the things they want, and how to make choices about using money.

Money Counts
Girl Scouts Daisies (grades K-1) developed a greater understanding of money and how it’s used to buy things. In this workshop, they learned that it can be used to help other people, too.

Savvy Shoppers and Savers
Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) discussed how to figure out what you need and what you want, and found that it’s not as easy as you might think. By the end of this workshop, Girl Scouts understood the difference, and learned how to smartly save money for both.

“When Girl Scouts learn how to create a plan of how to spend the money she’s earning for her troop, she’s learning how to save, when to spend, and the importance of giving back,” said Susan Carabbio, Market Manager, People’s United Bank. “Girl Scouts will benefit from these skills in every step of her life: from the days she starts handling an allowance, to her first paycheck, and all the way up to overseeing the budget of her business!”

Susan Carabbio speaks with Girl Scouts about careers in finance.
Adiene Oses-Sanchez, Banker II, People’s United Bank (Beverly) explains a check to Girl Scouts.

Being a Girl Scout isn’t just fun—it provides opportunities for girls to realize their potential and opens doors so girls can have their biggest, brightest dreams come true. The confidence she’ll gain through financial literacy will last a lifetime.

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