Financial literacy is one of the core values at First National Bank & Trust and because of that we support TS Institute. TS Institute is made possible by First National Bank and Trust Company’s mission to reinvest 10 percent of its pre-tax income back into the community. The non-profit was created in 2009 to collaborate with school districts and promote financial literacy, with a goal to provide a program to students, in grades K-12, with knowledge to make sound financial decisions. The TS Institute presence is in each market place of TS Banking Group and within that state’s regions including Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Illinois. In 2017, the TS Institute connected individually with students, teachers, and adults over 26,000 times through our classroom visits, teacher workshops, community events and in-school banking programs. 

In the United States today, families are faced with critical financial decisions now more than ever. The TS Institute is a resource to help families handle decisions concerning the economy, education and most importantly, personal finance with expertise. We are taking a long-term approach to solving financial pain while helping create a more financially savvy future generation.

TS Institute recently expanded to Central Illinois, and hired Connie Unruh, Financial Literacy Coordinator who is located at First National Bank. Connie’s past experience consists of financial advising and accounting before joining the TS Institute.

Below are some of the ways TS Institute is present in the First National Bank and Trust Company area. 

Money Smart Week- April 21-28, 2018
TS Institute is chairing this week long event in De Witt, Piatt and Logan Counties. Programming is offered in the community and at local schools to help consumers better manage their personal finances. All programs are free of charge. For more information about this program click here: http://www.moneysmartweek.org/.

Money Mammals
De Witt, Piatt and Logan County kindergarten classes are learning from the Money Mammals how to save, share and spend smart. This class includes a lesson and a TS Institute piggy bank for the students to save at home.

Piggy Bank Pageant
De Witt, Piatt and Logan County elementary classes will participate in a Piggy Bank Pageant this spring. Students will learn the power of saving and get to design their own personal bank. The winning designs will get a cash prize to start their savings.

Poster Challenge
De Witt, Piatt and Logan County middle school students will participate in a Poster Challenge in conjunction with Money Smart Week. Students will learn why it is important to save and produce their own posters detailing why they believe it is important to save. The winning designs will get a cash prize and their posters on display at the bank.

Essay Contest
De Witt, Piatt and Logan County high school students will participate in an essay contest in conjunction with Money Smart Week. Students will write a short essay on this year’s national topic. Essay winners will receive cash prizes and will be announced at the Money Smart Week kick-off event on April 21 at Warner Library in Clinton.

Kids Read
On Saturday, April 21, Money Smart Week will kick off with the reading of this year’s theme book, Little Critters: Just Saving My Money by Mercer Mayer. The event will take place at Warner Library in Clinton.

Adult Financial Literacy Workshops
Free adult workshops will be offered at the library on Saturday, April 21 at Warner Library in Clinton.

Money Mentor Classes
TS Institute is hosting free classes at the Community Care Center in conjunction with First Christian Church. These class meet on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and cover money basics such as how to open a checking account, how to budget and save for emergencies, and how to improve your credit score.                                                                                   

Choices
The Choices program is designed to help students make positive choices that will increase their career and life opportunities. Middle schoolers from Clinton, Heyworth and Lincoln will learn in this interactive decision-making workshop focused on keeping teens in school, motivating them toward their education and future and introducing them to practical skills to help them succeed.

Junior Achievement
Volunteers in Clinton and Lincoln will bring Junior Achievement to students in kindergarten to 8th grade. Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices.

Future Smart
Middle school students in Bloomington are learning how to make wise financial choices for themselves and their friends in this interactive class.

Entrepreneur Camps
Camps for middle school and high school students are planned for this summer. These camps will teach students how to work in teams to take an idea and turn it into a thriving business!

For more information about these financial activities and how to get them implemented at your school or organization contact Connie Unruh, The First National Bank and Trust Company at connie.unruh@tsinstitute.org or (217) 935-7464.