PLANO, Texas, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Get Smart About Credit Day today, ViewPoint Bank employees are teaching classes in area schools and community groups about the fundamentals of credit and wise credit practices.
"Given what we're seeing in the economy, it's more important than ever for people of all ages to learn about responsible credit habits," says ViewPoint Bank President and CEO Gary Base. "I'm proud of our ongoing participation in financial literacy campaigns designed to help the children in our neighborhood schools make sound financial choices as adults."
The credit classes are happening throughout the month, not just for one day—and not just for kids. In fact, the bank kicked off the campaign last month at the Network of Community Ministries with an interactive workshop on credit and budgeting for the non-profit's low-income clients. Eight adults participated in the workshops that provided basic tools needed to gain control of money.
This month, more than 400 students at four area schools will attend the classes, which cover not only credit card usage, but also student loans and car loans. On October 14, employees taught at Williams High School in Plano. The dates and locations of the remaining classes are as follows:October 21: Lewisville High School; Lewisville October 28: Clark High School; Plano November 11: Bowman Middle School; Plano Get Smart About Credit Day is an annual event where bankers visit local classrooms to share with students the "credit facts of life." Since it was started by the ABA Education Foundation in 2003, more than 18,000 bankers have reached some 704,993 young people. Learn more at: http://aba.com/abaef/gsac.htm ViewPoint Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VPFG). Headquartered in Plano, Texas, ViewPoint operates 25 community bank offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information, please visit www.viewpointbank.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ViewPointBank. SOURCE ViewPoint Bank