The top savers in the Dollars and Sense program sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust Co. were honored at a pizza party and rewarded for making regular deposits in their savings accounts.
Fourth graders at Mountainburg Elementary School and Rena, Parkview and City Heights Elementary schools in Van Buren opened 85 Citizens Bank savings accounts with a total balance of $1,358.97 as of Tuesday.
First place winners had $50 added to their savings accounts. They were Zachary Flynn, Jazmine Perry, Kate Rogers and Trent Shaffer.
Second and third place winners had $25 placed into their accounts. They were Noah Ray, Joesif Williams-Miller, Kate Lanier, Jordan Perryman, Brooke Brumley, Croix Walters, Sabastion Adams and Haley Shepherd.
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.
Blount said the Dollars and Sense program presents lessons designed to teach students the value of money and the importance of developing the habit of saving money. During the semester, students were given lessons on currency and its history, savings, banking, the Arkansas quarter and Arkansas history.
Students received a letter commending them on their diligence in saving money during the Dollars and Sense program.
"We presented the program to 253 fourth graders – all participants received Citizens Bank T-shirts and were guests at an ice cream sundae party," Blount said.
Lance Lanier, Citizens executive vice president, said the bank appreciates the "super savers" and had high-fives for those at Wednesday’s pizza party.
"Don’t stop now," he encouraged, "keep it going."
Blount said the Dollars and Sense program is a fun program and the most rewarding part of her job.
"There is no better habit you can develop than saving," she told the students. "And, it is most rewarding to see the students continue to save after completing the program."