Budgeting. A topic that Ms. Donna Mansolillo and Ms. Kathy Gormin-Gard have been teaching the students in the Social Living Skills class at Cypress Bay High School. Students are currently learning how to be responsible – especially with money. Bank of America is helping with this important lesson.

Two weeks ago, Bank of America representatives came to Cypress Bay High School to help students set up their very own bank account. In order to support the development of school-based social and community life activities, the HDS Foundation issued checks to each student to deposit in their account.

To follow up with this event, the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class attended the second part of their banking and budgeting project on a Community Based Instruction (CBI) trip to the Bank of America at the Weston Commons. The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program has been organizing these banking events for several years now which in turn have created close relationships with the staff at this local branch.

Upon visiting the branch, the students had the chance to meet the staff, learn about different transaction processes, and deposit their own checks in an ATM. Many might think this is an easy task, however, for these students, this process can be overwhelming. This is one of the many reasons why the HDS Foundation and B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program give students a firsthand experience at the bank.