Students learn banking through branch in school
Monday morning is now bank day at Stevens Forest Elementary School, which opened a branch of the First National Bank of Maryland to help teach students about banking and saving.
The school bank opens for deposits from 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. The bank's tellers are fifth-graders Jill Walter, Marcus West and Nathan Avant-Pybas.
Heather Cleveland, the 8-year-old daughter of PTA president Julie Cleveland, was the first person in line when the bank opened Monday.
Tammy Colburn, manager of the First National Bank of Maryland branch in Oakland Mills, will visit the school each Monday to oversee the operation she devised as a way to help students prepare for the future. Withdrawals must be made at the Oakland Mills office.
"In today's economy, people don't save," Ms. Colburn said. "If we can get children to start saving early, it can become a habit that will help prepare them for the future."
Thirty Stevens Forest students have opened accounts, which can be started with as little as 25 cents.
Ms. Colburn plans to attend PTA functions at the school to encourage other students and parents to open accounts.
Banking at the school is done at a "mobile bank" built by fathers of some of the students.
"This is a good educational experience for children who often copy things from adult life. They can have fun and grow," Principal Earl Slacum said.
Recently, the school's 360 students also were treated to a concert by jazz guitarist Damon Foreman, the father of a Stevens Forest student. Before playing several compositions, Mr. Foreman talked about the history of his music and explained such terms as rhythm, melody and improvisation.
*Owen Brown: 7200 block of Cradlerock Way: A man stuffed cartons of cigarettes into his jacket in the snack bar area of a Mobil gas station Monday. He fled with the cigarettes when an employee approached him.
* 9500 block of Berger Road: Someone removed $30 worth of gasoline from a tank at Columbia Trucking and Warehouse Sunday or Monday.
* 7100 block of Columbia Gateway Drive: Someone used rocks to smash glass at The Hair Plaza between Saturday and Monday. It is unclear whether items were taken.