Thursday, March 19, 2009
Students gain information on ‘Money Matters’
By SUE WATSON
Hundreds of students from area high schools listened as financial experts told them about how money matters work.
The program, “Money Matters - The Good, the Bad and the Fake,” was presented by representatives from the five local banks, the Marshall County Extension office, Solomon Strategic Advisors and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
The Holly Springs School District, Marshall County School District and Ashland High School sent their juniors and seniors to the program, held recently at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
Tammy Cupp, with First Security Bank, presented an overview and T.J. Vanzant, with First State Bank, talked about good and bad credit.
John LoPreto, of Solomon Strategic Advisors talked about identity theft. Jeff King, with Bank of Holly Springs discussed investing. Janet Jolley, extension agent, provided a brief on budgets.
King was impressed with the students for their attentiveness.
“They were taking it in and were well behaved,” he said. “We think they will use this information in the future.”
Marsha Gillespie, senior sponsor with Ashland High School, agreed.
“Our students were really listening and I think they understood the importance of establishing good credit,” she said.
Vanzant said the day provided a “great opportunity for us bankers to reinvest in the future of Marshall County.”
“Our intent is to give them a head start so they can start out on the right foot in making decisions,” he said. “And as far as identity theft, we let them know what they are going to have to face.”
John Jones, with Merchants & Farmers Bank, was glad the local banks were invited to help put the program on for the students.
“We tried to bring some entertaining people who could hold the children's attention,” he said “The banks feel like the Extension Service is giving the students a chance to learn something.”
Some questions he asked students included:
Citizens Bank representative Patsy Shelton was very impressed with the program.
“We enjoyed doing it and we are always interested in helping the students,” Shelton said.
Kelly McMillen with the Marshall County Sheiriff’s office discussed how law enforcement works to stop identity theft, fraud and other illegal matters when a complaint is filed with law enforcement.
Sponsors included the Bank of Holly Springs, Merchants & Farmers Bank, First State Bank, First Security Bank, Citizens Bank, Mississippi State Department of Health and Mississippi State Extension Service.
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