Program earns award for Boys & Girls Clubs

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Clark County — Children need to know that money matters, and Clark County Boys & Girls Clubs have won a national award for helping them learn.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington received an award and a $2,500 cash prize for its Money Matters program from parent organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Staples Foundation. Money Matters is a financial education program that teaches kids about budgeting, saving, planning for college and financial freedom. Pacific National Bank helped create a club bank that offers incentives such as “Club Bucks” for good behavior — with accrued interest.

Money Matters participants also have job shadow opportunities with bank employees at Pacific National’s downtown Vancouver branch, and weekly interactions with guest volunteers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington will use the $2,500 prize to continue to provide financial education to middle and high school club members.

There are soon to be four Boys & Girls clubs in Clark County: a new Fruit Valley club will open in September, joining existing clubs in West Hazel Dell, central Vancouver and Camas.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, visit http://www.mybgc.org or call 360-313-5670.