Top savers from four county elementary schools were recognized at a pizza party May 14 as part of the Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Dollars and Sense program.
Fourth-grade students from Tate, King and Central Elementary schools in Van Buren and Cedarville Elementary were treated to pizza, soda and cookies as a reward for making regular deposits in their Citizens Bank savings accounts.
Top students are chosen, not from those that have saved the most money, but from those that were dedicated to saving and learning, said Mary Blount, Citizens vice president and organizer of the Dollars and Sense program, now in its eighth year.
"All who participated in the Dollars and Sense program are winners for making the decision to save," Blount said.
First-place winners and receiving an additional $50 to their savings accounts were Taryn Turner of Cedarville, Callie Alexander of King, Haylee Ramirez of Central and Nathan Goodwin of Tate.
Second and third place received an additional $25 to their savings.
Second place winners were Dante Huff of Central, Jamie Jordan of Cedarville, Angel Marroquin of King and Sydney Breeden of Tate.
Third place winners were Ariel McLemore and Logan Fowler of Tate, Aleah McAfee of Cedarville, Madison Southern of King and Kaylee Mendez of Central.
Blount presented the program to all fourth-grade students in the four schools during the spring semester, and said it is something she loves doing each school year.
"This is one of the things I thoroughly enjoy about my job," Blount said.
During the semester, students were given lessons on how banks operate, currency and its history, bank jobs, the Arkansas quarter and state history.
Lessons are designed to teach students the value of money and importance of saving for the future, Blount said.