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April 1, 2021

ROCHESTER, NH – HRCU is bringing financial literacy education to more than 1,500 elementary students in the Rochester and Strafford school districts. Students at 8 Rochester elementary schools and 1 Strafford elementary school will now have free access to Banzai, an award-winning online program and content library that allows students to practice real-world finance using any internet-enabled device.

Through the Banzai online courses, students try out managing a budget, saving for a goal, and dealing with unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers can easily monitor and grade student progress in the classroom or remotely.

“Sponsoring Banzai for the elementary school provides teachers and parents with a tool that can help teach their students and children important financial lessons,” said Brian Hughes, President & CEO of HRCU.  “We truly care about the financial wellness of those in our community and hope they will find these resources helpful.”

Since 2017, HRCU has worked with Banzai to bring financial literacy to other middle schools and high schools in the area by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of credit union resources. Now, they are taking their commitment to education a step further by sponsoring elementary schools.

“Children develop money habits at a much younger age now,” said Leah Taylor, HRCU’s Director of Financial Education. “While we haven’t been able to do in-person teaching, Banzai is an excellent addition to our financial education outreach programs.”

Over 70,000 teachers use Banzai resources across the United States. These educational tools align with New Hampshire’s state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to increase their financial literacy knowledge.  After finishing the Banzai courses, students will also receive a certificate that they can bring in to any HRCU branch for a special prize. 

HRCU currently sponsors the following schools: Barrington Middle School, Nute Middle School, York Middle School, Oyster River High School, Farmington High School, Somersworth High School, and Nute High School.  New sponsored schools include: Chamberlain Street School, East Rochester School, Gonic School, Maple Street Magnet School, McClelland School, Nancy Loud School, School Street School, William Allen School, and Strafford Elementary School.

Teachers interested in using Banzai can visit or email . For more information about Banzai visit For more information about HRCU visit

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