DSC_0260Banking on Our Future Baltimore partnered with Overlea High School to celebrate Global Dignity Day and Get Smart About Credit day (an American Bankers Association program) on Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16, 2014.   Over the two days, volunteers from American Bankers Association (ABA), 1st Mariner Bank, Eastern Savings Bank, M&T Bank, The Harbor Bank of Maryland, TD Bank, SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo Bank educated over 450 students.

The fun filled days had various discussions surrounding dignity, banking, budgeting, credit, identity theft and paying for college.

On Global Dignity Day former NFL player and Founder of the Carpenter House, Keion Carpenter, advised the class of 2015 not be “financially ignorant” and learning the tools now to have control over their finances in the future.

On Get Smart about Credit Day (GSAC) valuable lessons about finance were shared by American Banker Association (ABA) COO, Mike Hunter to the class of 2016.  ABA’s GSAC program is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely, protecting their identity and paying for college. Since its inception in 2003, 33,000 banker volunteers across the country have educated more than 1 million students.

Many of the teachers expressed gratitude for the knowledge shared with the juniors and seniors to assist with building solid financial futures.

Thank you to Overlea High School Principal Dr. Dwarte, Assistant Principal Mr. Brown, all of the Overlea faculty and staff, the wonderful guest speakers and volunteers.

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Check out the news story on Baltimore County Public Schools TV on the “Get Smart About Credit” event on October 16th http://player.vimeo.com/video/109244236