Banzai is a free literacy program available to Ashland Middle School students.

ASHLAND -- Wayne Savings Community Bank stepped up to make partial or full remote learning in the wake of COVID-19 easier.

Thanks to their sponsorship, over 769 students and teachers at Ashland Middle school in Ashland County have free access to Banzai.

Banzai is an award-winning online financial literacy program and content library of articles, calculators, and personalizable Coaches. All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom via any device that can access the internet.

“I really do love this program,” says a teacher at Ashland Middle School. “I have used it for several years now and it really helps me to complete my financial literacy unit as well as keep the interest of my students at the end of the school year.

Banzai content builds a foundation of practical knowledge and gives students the tools to create a sound financial future. While students learn, teachers can easily monitor and grade their progress remotely.

"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," says Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. "But because Wayne Savings Community Bank is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free.

"More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Wayne Savings Community Bank realizes that and they're doing something about it."

After finishing Banzai, students will know how to track where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs, build a budget, and more. At a time when many are facing unprecedented financial challenges, these lessons are invaluable.

The Banzai resources are available at

Since 2015, Wayne Savings Community Bank has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the community by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources. Beyond the Banzai library, Wayne Savings Community Bank also offers virtual or in-classroom presentations from local experts on timely topics.

Banzai resources are used by over 80,000 teachers across the U.S. The courses align with Ohio’s state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to gain vital

financial literacy skills.

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program with their class can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI.

For more information about Banzai visit

For more information about Wayne Savings Community Bank visit

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