Help Children Succeed — Get Involved with Schools

Americans are a busy bunch; however, a recent report indicates that we take time for the most important thing — our children. The MetLife survey* reveals that parent engagement in schools has increased over the past 25 years. Nearly half (46 percent) of student respondents reported that their parents visit their school at least once a month — up from just 16 percent in 1988.

Volunteering at school lets your child know how much you value education. It also gives you an opportunity to interact with teachers and administrators to better understand the typical school day and how your child is performing. It offers the school an invaluable resource inside and outside of the classroom.

If you are interested in getting involved at your child’s school, discuss opportunities with school staff. Parent volunteers can help tutor students, assist with fundraising events, act as a lunchroom monitor, chaperone field trips and offer general assistance in the classroom. The amount of time you can pledge will help guide your commitment but any amount of time can have a positive effect on your child’s future.

Chemical Bank values education and supports local schools by offering various programs designed to prepare our youth with the financial management skills necessary to succeed now and in the future. For example, during our Teach Children to Save week this spring, Chemical Bankers provided basic financial education to schools across the state by reading and discussing the storybook about our mascot Dollar, the Silver Squirrel.

Activities and discussion followed the story and each student received a savings packet to take home. Through our Teach Children to Save program, we are able to reach out to our communities across the state by providing basic financial education to elementary school children. Our 2013 Teach Children to Save campaign efforts included 187 employees visiting approximately 253 classes at 90 schools, leaving a lasting impression on more than 6,000 students!

In addition to our Teach Children to Save Program, Chemical Bank actively reaches out to our youth by regularly visiting local schools, participating in Junior Achievement, providing a quarterly newsletter on our website (available at ChemicalBankMI.com under the Banking for Kids link), and offering a minor savings account designed to help children learn to save.

Please speak with a Chemical Bank representative to learn more about the youth financial literacy programs that we offer.

* Source: Davis, K., Atherlay, P. METLIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER FINDS DECREASED TEACHER SATISFACTION, INCREASED PARENT ENGAGEMENT AMID ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY. Web. 7 Mar. 2012, https://www.metlife.com/about/press-room/index.html?compID=79162.