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Bank of Volunteers to Support "Get Smart About Credit Day"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Nearly 600 students from intermediate and high schools on Oahu and Hawaii Island will receive a lesson on credit on Thursday, Oct. 21, from Bank of Hawaii employees in support of national “Get Smart About Credit Day.”

Bank of Hawaii volunteers will be visiting the following schools:
* Farrington High School
* Kailua High School
* Kaimuki High School
* McKinley High School
* Nanakuli High School
* Waialua Intermediate and High School

Hawaii Island
* Kau High School
* Keaau High School
* Laupahoehoe High School
* Pahoa High School

The annual event is sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. Local bankers visit classrooms to teach young adults and share with students the “credit facts of life.” More than 15,000 bankers have reached some 586,000 young people nationally since the program was founded in 2003.

Through the “Get Smart About Credit Day” program, bankers teach young adults how to manage credit, read a credit report, protect personal financial information, and recognize the signs of overspending. These are all important facts for anyone using credit for the first time, whether in the form of a credit card, student loan or car loan.

Bank of Hawaii has also participated in the program for more than 10 years on Guam, reaching more than 2,000 students.