Friday, July 19, 2024

U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, center, spoke last month at the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center in Cambridge. Second from the right is Sheila Burch, Hildebrand’s client services supervisor, and with them are Cambridge Savings Bank officials Susan Lapierre, Karen Kindle and Evan Diamond.

How better to teach kindergarten-age children about good finance than with a speech by a longtime member of the U.S. Congress’ Financial Services Committee?

Well, possibly any number of ways, including reading aloud the book “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock” by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairwoman Sheila Blair and illustrator Barry Gott, or taking part in an interactive program about the value of saving.

Fortunately, the children of homeless families at the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center in Cambridge got all three in April, starting with the talk by U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, as beneficiaries of a months-long initiative by Cambridge Savings Bank that adds the American Banking Association “Teaching Children to Save” program to its own CSBsmart finance lessons.

Capuano, who represents Cambridge as part of the 8th Congressional District and told the kids financial education “might be  the most important thing” they ever learn, was the biggest name in the program (although it was probably all the same to kindergartners) — but not the only busy person setting aside time. “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock” was read to the children by Karen Kindle, senior vice president for business and consumer banking at Cambridge Savings Bank.

This post relied heavily on a press release.