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SunTrust talks to students about money

SunTrust personal banker Dawn Dodd discusses with students from Heaven Sent Christian Academy about placing money in safe places.

SunTrust personal banker Dawn Dodd discusses with students from Heaven Sent Christian Academy about placing money in safe places.

CONYERS -- In launching its money management program for kids, Heaven Sent Christian Academy, a private Christian school in Conyers, contacted SunTrust Bank on Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

With the direction and support of the bank's branch manager Jacqueline Carter, children in the Conyers community are learning about money management at an early age.

The money management program is one that complements the classroom instruction of mathematics with additional instruction in counting, savings, making good financial decisions on writing and maintaining a checking account. This program is part of the academy's advanced math curriculum. It is offered quarterly to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Other parts include a merit program that allows children to accumulate "Merit Bucks" for perfect attendance, homework completion, mannerism and class participation; an investment classes with the brokerage firm, Edward Jones on penny stock; and the basics of investing.

"Math is one of the ways to understand the fascinating world around us," said Earlene Taylor, the school's mentorship coordinator. "Children that start early with math can develop habits of fiscal responsibility."