The Young Americans Center for Financial Education has brought its flagship program back to Grand Junction to offer fifth grade students lessons in personal finances and free enterprise.
Young AmeriTowne On the Road will remain set up through Oct. 27 at the former R-5 High School at 310 Seventh St.
More than 950 students are expected to participate in the program, a 25 percent increase over last year.
Students learn about personal finance, free enterprise and workforce readiness through a six- to eight-week program and receive a workbook, debit card and checkbook.
The culminating experience is a day running AmeriTowne, which includes a newspaper, medical center, snack shop and town hall.
Alpine Bank serves as presenting sponsor to keep program fees low for students and teachers.
“The elementary aged children of Mesa County have been looking forward to this program for months,” said Tawni Kelley, director of community outreach at Alpine Bank in Grand Junction. “We’ve had such great feedback from parents about how this is impacting their kids, and Alpine Bank is thrilled to be a part of it again this year.”