Never too early to learn how to save

Ten youngsters made a visit to TD Bank on San Juan Avenue to open a savings account

Ten youngsters made a visit to TD Bank on San Juan Avenue to open a savings account

Ten high-energy boys and girls barreled into quiet TD Bank on San Juan Avenue last month and were welcomed by store manager DeAnn McNeil. The after-school students at Sanctuary on 8th were anxious to see how much money they would put into a new savings account.
“The children have been learning how to save money. We have a great relationship with TD Bank so we wanted to bring them out here to see the bank and see one of our supporters and open an account,” said Vicky Watkins, executive director of Sanctuary on 8th. “We’re going to continue to save money and bring it out here so the kids can learn about the value of saving the dollar.”
Each child took a handful of coins from their glass jar bank and poured it into the Penny Arcade, an interactive coin counting machine. When all the coins were collected, the machine instructed them to enter a guess before processing the coins. With a touch of the screen, $32.53 was counted in seconds and “Penny” announced that the guess was less than $2 off the actual total.
“We love partnering with not-for-profit organizations; the Sanctuary is one we love to partner with and to see children learn about savings. Coming into the bank is something that will be of value in their life in the long run,” said McNeil, who serves on the Sanctuary board of directors.
TD Bank has committed to sponsor this year’s annual Shindig by the Sea fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 19 and the Avondale 5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 20

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