Independent Bank associates throughout Michigan have been busy working with local community groups and schools to educate children and adults of all ages about the importance of money management, saving and financial responsibility.

As of June, Independent Bank has reached more than 7,664 individuals through its financial literacy efforts. The bank educated students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Bank associates also worked with several local elementary schools to open school banks for the students where they can make deposits and learn how to save at a young age.

“Financial literacy is a huge focus within our organization and we feel it is important to reach out and give as much back to our communities as we can,” said Tricia Raquepaw, marketing director for Independent Bank.

Interested groups are encouraged to contact their local Independent Bank office about financial literacy education. A complete list of locations can be found online at