A cooperative endeavor between students at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Acadia Federal Credit Union developed Benny Banks, a program intended for second graders that involved placing curriculum kits on financial literacy into classrooms. These kits were designed for teachers to easily incorporate into their lesson plans in order to continue educational outreach. Programs were aligned with the Common Core Standards and teaching schedules. Students, at the end of each class, were granted customized piggy banks, financial literacy coloring books, and crayons.
Dollars and Sense Fair
A second partnership between the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Acadia Federal Credit Union resulted in the creation of the Dollars and Sense Fair, which expanded the financial literacy courses to sixth graders. Engaging games and learning activities taught children how to save money, the differences between want and needs, and informed them of general college awareness. These activities were based on current, relevant educational research related to financial literacy and middle school students.