PNC Grant Teaches Children About Financial Responsibility

By WEEK Producer

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Central Illinois preschoolers are getting a lesson on numbers that teachers hope they will take straight to the bank.

PNC Bank officials announced a two year $75,000 grant Tuesday through the Heart of Illinois United Way's Success by 6 initiative.

The program is a financial lesson plan for children ages 3 to 5 about the importance of spending, sharing, and saving.

PNC's regional president says the benefits of the Success by 6 initiative will go far beyond the students.

"I think as much as anything the students are going to learn how the household operates, and why it is important to save, and what it is that is really needed for the entire family unit," says Doug Stewart, Regional Presidnet, PNC Bank.

The Success by 6 program will be an effort through District 150, Peoria County Bright Futures and the Tazewell-Woodford Head Start.

It is expected to reach over 40 thousand families throughout Central Illinois.

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