Student ‘millionaires’ enjoy limousine ride to school

Haley Horn, Leighton’s winner, stands outside the limo with (from left to right) Raelynn Hill, Maddy Cali, Maddy Dashnau, Maverick Dorgan and Jesse Horn. Rick Gessner, owner of G&G Limousine of Oswego, is the driver.

Students from four elementary schools in Oswego had a chance to become “millionaires for a day” recently after their names were drawn from a hat as part of Compass Credit Union’s in-school banking program.

A part of the prize, the winning students enjoyed a high-class limousine ride to school with a handful of their friends and siblings.

Later, Compass also provided a pizza party for each of their classrooms.

The four winners were Liberty McCracken, 10, from Fitzhugh; Olivia Rando, 10, from Kingsford; Haley Horn, 12, from Leighton; and Nate Gazda, 11, from Riley.

“Students in our school banking program are really starting to understand the power of saving money and how rewarding it can be,” said Jackie Wiegand, marketing administrator for Compass. “For our grand-prize winners and their friends, the limousine ride to school is something they will always remember.”

Compass launched its first “Bank at School” program three years ago at Riley Elementary School and has since expanded the program to Leighton, Kingsford and Fitzhugh.

Students who participate open savings accounts at the credit union, receive a free piggy bank and get small prizes for making deposits once a month during lunchtime.

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