The 4th Grade Class at Central Vermont Catholic School, St. Monica Campus in Barre got the chance to learn about money management and life skills in a sessiontaught by Granite Hills Credit Union on June 6, 2008.The class focussed on understanding basic finance, the importance of saving for the future, setting short and long term savings goals, and distinguishing between needsand wants.Susan Poczobut, CEO, Granite Hills Credit Union explains, “This class is part of Granite Hills Credit Union’s School Savings Program which we created to encourage children to take a more active role in their own financial future.”According to Blythe Giroux, School Savings Program Coordinator at Granite Hills Credit Union, “I was so excited to facilitate this program because, when I was a kid, I didn’t know why people needed to save money or how bills got paid. You can see kids have an ‘A-ha’ moment when they put it all together – and they are excited to save their money for a future event – whether to buy a music cd or set aside funds for theireducation.”St. Monica Principal Jen Tosi agrees. “Sammy Super Saver from Granite Hills Credit Union has really built excitement in the school. Kids are saving their money and are delighted when they see their account balances grow. I am so pleased that these children are learning about financial concepts while having fun and achieving theirgoals.”Granite Hills Credit Union, with branches in Barre and Montpelier, has been serving the community for over 55 years. A full-service financial non-profit owned by members, Granite Hills Credit Union is open to anyone who lives or works in Washington or Orange counties in Vermont.