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The Murray Bank Partners with Jr. Achievement at Southwest Calloway Elementary School

Southwest Elementary School participated in Junior Achievement. Murray, KY – After five weeks of studying with Tim Stark from The Murray Bank, Fifth grade students in Mrs. Kellye Steele’s class at Southwest Elementary School received graduation certificates and celebrated with ice cream in the classroom upon completion of the Junior Achievement “Our Nation” program.

“At The Murray Bank, we believe that financial literacy and money management skills are crucial building blocks for economic success,” said Tim Stark, Vice President of Marketing for The Murray Bank. “That’s why we invest our time and efforts in financial literacy programs like Jr Achievement to help put individuals of all ages on the path of fiscal responsibility and economic self-reliance.”

This particular program introduces fifth-grade students to the intersection of work readiness and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on classroom activities, the “Our Nation” program provides students with practical information about the nation's free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.

“This is always such a rewarding experience for anyone who takes the time to do it,” said Bob Hargrove, President & CEO of The Murray Bank. “Thru this class we are helping prepare students to succeed as adults by teaching them some basic, practical money management skills which they will need to help them prosper in life.”

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Visit for more information.

Founded in Murray, KY, The Murray Bank is proud to be Murray and Calloway County’s only locally owned and operated bank. The Murray Bank has three offices; 405 South 12th Street, 700 North 12th Street, both in Murray, and in Hazel at 405 Main Street. The Murray Bank is an Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC.