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Fifth-grade teacher Tiffany Neugebauer (left) helps students count change Tuesday as part of the new Adopt a Business program. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

Worthington students Adopt a Business

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WORTHINGTON — Worthington fifth-graders were counting cash Tuesday as part of the Adopt a Business program, which connects classrooms and businesses in Worthington.

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First State Bank Southwest is one of seven businesses involved in the program. Darcy Vis, a personal banker there, visited fifth-grade teacher Tiffany Neugebauer’s class to teach students about counting money and the importance of opening a savings account.

“Myself and Zach Dingmann, assistant principal at Prairie Elementary, had the idea about the Adopt a Business program where we would match classes with local businesses,” Neugebauer explained.

“We presented it to the Chamber of Commerce to see if there were any businesses that would be interested, and we received an overwhelming response from businesses.”

During Tuesday’s class, students were given the task of adding a person’s food order bill and making change from money given.

“I think our curriculum prepares students to advance to other classes, and forgets some of the life skills,” Neugebauer said. “I think at this age, students should be learning these basic life skills.”

“I think this not only teaches kids about handling money, but it’s exciting for them,” Vis said.

Even though only seven businesses were matched with classes, Neugebauer plans to expand the program and include more businesses in the fall.

“My class is partnered with First State Bank Southwest because my dad is Greg Raymo, president of the bank, and I figured we could work out things together as it goes,” Neugebauer said.

In addition to Vis teaching students about making change, Neugebauer had her dad give a lesson to kids about loans and interest rates.

“We had all the kids ‘buy a Ford Mustang,’ and t hen they were taught about how much interest they would pay and how much their monthly payments would be,” Neugebauer explained.

“They were all thrilled about the Mustang until they saw what the monthly payment would be,” she said, laughing.

Along with First State Bank Southwest, Rickers Photography Studio is one of the partnered businesses, where kids get to make picture books with their iPads.

The Worthington Area YMCA has partnered with a fourth-grade class by teaching a health and fitness lesson to kids, and Schafer’s Health & Gifts has collaborated with a sixth-grade persuasive writing class by teaching students how to promote a business.

“I’m really excited about the fall and having the opportunity to include more businesses in the program,” Neugebauer said.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the newest reporter joining the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 12 year old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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