Independent Bank announces it is continuing its School Bank partnership with Sand Lake Elementary. For the past 13 years, Independent Bank associates have volunteered their time to help select and train students at Sand Lake Elementary to run a simulated bank at the school.

The school bank opened for business on October 13. Participating students include manager, Nicklas Visser; site engineer, Nathan Parkhurst; tellers, Rebecca Corbett, Parker Amell, Gracie Barrett and Emma Overbeek; and marketers, Savannah Jarecki, Casey Murphy and Samantha Harmon. The program helps students learn the basics of saving money and setting savings goals.

Sherri Long, an Independent Bank customer service representative and leader of the initiative said, “The kids love it, the teachers love it and associates are excited about working with students and being involved in this valuable program.”