Financing (education) provided by Union First

Senior branch manager Sherry Cillo speaks to Bradley Weeks’ economics and personal finance class at RCHS.Courtesy photo
Senior branch manager Sherry Cillo speaks to Bradley Weeks’ economics and personal finance class at RCHS.

Union First Market Bank went back to school on May 30, when Sherry Cillo, vice president and senior branch manager, stepped into Bradley Weeks’ economics and personal finance class at Rappahannock County High School.

During her 45-minute presentation, she introduced students to basic banking services from a banker’s perspective: savings and checking accounts, how to apply for and use a credit card, how to apply for that first loan, and the basics of establishing and maintaining a good credit rating.

One of the tools used in Weeks’ class at RCHS during the past year was a software program called Everfi. The program introduces students to the basics of personal finance, financial planning, insurance and investments. Union First Market Bank made the generous offer to underwrite the cost of the Everfi software for the school.

Weeks praised the program for providing an interactive way for students to become acquainted with the basic financial skills they will need in the real world. He thanked the bank for its support and pointed out the impact of the software on the team of four students in the second-semester class who placed as statewide runners up in the Governor’s Challenge in Personal Finance held at Richmond last month. With the bank’s support, Weeks is looking forward to using the Everfi program again next year.

“Sherry’s presentation was a perfect way to wrap up the semester,” Weeks said. “Coming at the end of the course, and with the students’ newly acquired knowledge about economics and personal finance, the class peppered Sherry, throughout her presentation, with questions that showed knowledge about the subject matter and revealed their desire to learn more.”