Banzai program comes to Phoenix schools

by Nicole Reitz

As part of National Financial Literacy Month, Empower Federal Credit Union has partnered with the award-winning financial literacy program Banzai.

Due to donations by Empower FCU, Banzai, an online-based program, will be offered free to students and teachers in the Phoenix Central School District.

Empower is sponsoring 96 schools, including Phoenix, reaching over 64,500 students.

National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in April in an effort to highlight the importance of how money works in the world, while also teaching people how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits for a lifetime of well-being.

Debbie DuFour, who teaches business at JCB High School, has started using Banzai in her Small Business Management class, which is comprised of mostly juniors and seniors. She has also used the program in her account course.

DuFour instructs a unit on financial literacy and has students follow up with a simulation using Banzai. Students are then graded for completing the simulation.

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