Press Release


Murphy serves as bank teller to help prepare students for challenges of the future.

Stephan Avena
Save For America
425-746-0331 x.5

Brian Thomsen
401Kidz /
The Fearey Group

DATELINE (May 17, 2000) Washington State Treasurer Michael Murphy has proclaimed May the Teach Washington Children to Save Month and is promoting the Spring 2000 Save for Washington Enrollment Initiative, an Internet-based school savings program, at Olympic Elementary in Longview, Washington.

Murphy kicked off the Spring 2000 enrollment initiative by helping students with their savings accounts on Bank Day at Olympic Elementary. Murphy acted as the teller, helping students enter their deposits and check their balances over the Internet. Murphy was assisted by a representative from Columbia Bank, a longstanding banking partner, and Karen Acker, principal of Olympic Elementary.

“All young people in Washington need to learn the value of saving for the future and experiencing a sense of accomplishment,” said Murphy. “, the only U.S. Department of Education approved school savings program, helps our students prepare for the financial responsibilities we all face as adults.”

Murphy also recently proclaimed May as Teach Washington Children to Save Month. During the month of May, will host its “Open Enrollment.”Elementary and secondary schools that are interested in the Program will be able to enroll at until the end of May.

Students as young as kindergarten age enter deposit amounts into their accounts at participating local financial institutions over the Internet on in-school Bank Days using Websaver™. Volunteers collect the money and bring it to a local financial institution for deposit.

Students also learn about money management, interest earnings and the banking system through a financial curriculum approved by the U.S. Department of Education. displays, and updates daily, the total amount saved by students since the program began.

Established in 1982, is a Bellevue, Washington-based nonprofit that works with schools and financial institutions in 48 states across the country to help children learn the value of saving, investing and spending wisely. has been funded by the U. S. Dept. of Education. Also, like a bank, it transmits electronic debits for its U.S. Savings Bonds for Kids Project via agreement with the U. S. Dept. of the Treasury. In April 2000, SaveForAmerica.orgjoined the National Partners for Financial Empowerment, which was recently formed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.