Students from all five Oswego public elementary schools and Oswego Middle School enjoyed becoming “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 classmates, siblings and friends.
Later, Compass also provided a free pizza party for the winner’s classmates.
The six winners were Sofia Loayza of Leighton Elementary School, Josh Sterio of Kingsford Park Elementary School, Sophia Babcock of Riley Elementary School, Alexander Loomis of Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, Kasey Wells of Minetto Elementary School, and Nathaniel Ahart of Oswego Middle School.
“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 four years ago at Riley Elementary School and has since expanded the program to Leighton, Kingsford, Fitzhugh and Minetto, as well as Oswego Middle School.
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.
Every time a student makes a deposit, he or she also gets their name put into a hat to win a prize at the end of the year. In May and June, Compass picked winners for Walmart gift cards, ice cream coupons from Bev’s in Oswego, Compass string backpacks and plastic “mood” cups with straws.
The grand prize was called “millionaire for a day,” which included the limo ride, the classroom pizza party and a special T-shirt. The limo was provided by G&G Limousine in Oswego.