Marlborough – Marlborough Savings Bank has launched an eight-week financial literacy class at Trottier Middle School in Southborough. Eighth-grade students will learn how to manage expenses, balance a checkbook, and how to properly use different bank accounts and bank services. The class will be conducted in a simulated real-life environment where students are given jobs and salaries, living expenses, and a budget sheet to help manage their finances.
Tracy Bartucca is the assistant vice president and branch manager of the bank's Marlborough branch.
“We understand how important it is to set a solid foundation for money management. These real life scenarios will help bridge the gap in knowledge of banking products and services,” she said.
The financial literacy program through Trottier Middle School originated from the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce School/Business partnership, where Bartucca and Trottier Principal Keith Lavoie established a connection and determined a need for the program.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Marlborough Savings Bank to bring this program to Trottier,” commented? Lavoie. “The program has added depth to our course of study that will prepare our students for the “real world.” Combining a hands-on experience with an academic application gives our students a wonderful opportunity.”
Donna Cox, chairperson of the Corridor Nine School/Business Partnership Committee, also commented on the program.
“When the School/Business Partnership Committee of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce established the liaison program to partner businesses with schools in the Chamber's core towns, this is just the type of relationship that we hoped would develop,” she said. “We so appreciate the broad and deep partnerships that have resulted from businesses taking such an interest in our local schools.? This is a win-win situation!”