This year, the Blades partnered with Conexus Credit Union to teach children all across Saskatoon about saving money as part of the Financial Literacy program. The Blades visited six schools in total this year and engaged in interactive lessons with the students, handing out “money” which the students had the option to either spend or save throughout the lesson. After each time they were handed money, a prize was offered and there were three opportunities in which the students were given $5 and could spend/save it. The lesson is one which both the Blades and Conexus can agree is an important one for students to learn at an early age.
“It’s great to get into the communities, I’m always amazed at how educated the young kids are today, and it’s really important so that they have a good financial base when they get older”, said Steve Peace, a financial advisor with Conexus Credit Union and one of the presenters at the Financial Literacy sessions.
“It’s a good opportunity to come to these kids and teach them that going to a bank is the right way, at the end of the day you want to save money,” said Blades goaltender Logan Flodell.
The partnership between the Blades and Conexus is one which has been successful in teaching the message of financial planning to these students in Saskatoon.
“The kids react to [the Blades] very well, [Logan Flodell and Brock Hamm] are both very professional, they’re well spoken, I think they represent the team very well in the community and we’re very happy to be partners with them,” added Peace.