MARIETTA - Five local high schools are participating in a new initiative to bring financial literacy education students sponsored by Peoples Bank.
The EverFiTM Financial Literacy learning platform is a web-based program using the latest in media technology to bring complex financial concepts to life for the digital generation. Students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens.
Peoples Bank has partnered with EverFi to bring the interactive financial management program to high school students at no cost to nine schools in its markets in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Locally participating are Belpre High School, Marietta High School, Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School and Williamstown High School.
"As we face the difficult economic environments, it is more important than ever to arm young people with the skills to navigate an increasingly complex financial system," said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president. "We are excited to offer students an innovative educational experience that uses the tools they lovedigital learning and gamingto teach this important topic."
The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401(k)'s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.
"From the small rural towns to major cities across the US, EverFi technology is literally transforming how students learn, and we are incredibly grateful for the public-private partnerships that make this possible," said Tom Davidson, EverFi CEO. "Peoples Bank is critical to the success of our mission to ensure that these cutting-edge tools reach all communities."
Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial services holding company with $1.9 billion in total assets, 47locations and 44 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries - Peoples Bank, National Association and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples' common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "PEBO", and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of U.S. publicly-traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at www.peoplesbancorp.com.
EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness. The company is powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 4 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at www.everfi.com.