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Junior Achievement students learn about banking


More than 30 1st Source Bank employees stepped out from behind the counter and into the classrooms at Warren Primary Center Wednesday.

It was for an event called "J.A. in a Day." That stands for Junior Achievement.

The bankers read kindergartners stories about saving money.

They helped 1st graders map out a community filled with businesses and jobs. 

They helped 2nd graders with a Sweet Donut shop.  

By 4th grade, they were helping kids learn about business profits and losses.

First Source donated $25 thousand to the program.

"Because we are concerned about the financial literacy, we are concerned about the future of this community and all the communities we serve.  There aren't enough kids who finish high school.  There aren't enough kids who go on to college and finish college.  And we know people's lives are better with education," says Chris Murphy, Chairman and CEO of 1st Source Bank.

The 1st Source funding helped allow an additional 358 students into the program.

Murphy said studies have shown a much higher percentage of kids involved in Junior Achievement stay in school and go on to college.

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