That’s the message going out to all Derby High School Panthers as they begin the new school year. The dapper spokespanther Jack represents Verus Bank’s new Big Green School of Money. This Verus branch is not just located inside the high school. It’s student run. So they learn by doing.

Derby High Finance

The branch is off to a good start with 40 students signing up before school even began. Students can drop in to open a free checking account, complete with a debit card sporting the school colors: green and black. They can also take a photo with a life-sized, cutout Jack and post it to their Facebook pages. (Jack had his own Facebook profile, of course. You could friend him and join some pretty enlightening conversations. Who knew things like ROI and APY could be so fascinating?)

Test Results You Can Take to the Bank

To help students become more financially literate, the bank will be posting weekly online quizzes that offer the chance to win some really cool prizes. Can’t wait to see how many Derby High Panthers become dollar scholars.