Bankers Encourage Students to ‘Get Smart About Credit’

Nearly 5,000 bankers across the country today took part in the ABA Foundation’s Get Smart About Credit Day, visiting high school classrooms to teach more than 164,000 students about the importance of using credit effectively. This annual initiative encourages bankers to present lessons on important financial obstacles facing young adults, including paying for college, knowing their credit score, managing money and protecting their identity.

“Financial education is essential to building a generation of smart money managers,” said ABA Foundation executive director Corey Carlisle. “We’re proud our programs, like Get Smart About Credit, both encourage and support bankers in bringing those critical lessons to their local communities.”

Presentations this year took place in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ABA marked the day by co-hosting a lesson with Burke & Herbert Bank at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va. ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols joined Burke & Herbert Bank SVP Joseph F. Collum to present a lesson to almost 60 junior and senior high school students.