Savings gives pupils something to smile about

Pictured are some of Maisondieu's Smiley Savers with development manager of Angus Credit Union, Paul Mitchell.

Pictured are some of Maisondieu's Smiley Savers with development manager of Angus Credit Union, Paul Mitchell.

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Pupils at Maisondieu Primary School are putting their best foot forward when it comes to their finances, with the school launching Smiley Savers.

The savings initiative is Angus Credit Union’s junior saving scheme.

And development manager from the Union Paul Mitchell attended the launch held at the School on Friday.

The launch comes at the end of ‘Save, Spend and Give’ week.

Pupils at the school took part in financial education workshops, which saw S1 pupils from Brechin High School also participate.

In addition, there were a number of volunteers who visited the school to discuss the importance of learning about finance.

Currently, the school has eight tellers in the saving scheme who attend the school every Friday morning to collect savings.

A total of 30 pupils, including children from the nursery classes, have signed up to the scheme, along with a third of the staff members at the school.

According to Angus Credit Union’s website, the Smiley Savers scheme, which is also used at Northmuir Primary School in Kirriemuir, “encourages children to save a little money each week, and has a programme that can be used in local primary schools as part of the financial education part of the school curriculum.”