Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail has expanded its financial literacy program to Stephenville High School, thanks to a sponsorship from Town & Country Bank.

The program is a first in Erath County. Beginning this fall, five economics classes at the high school will take part in the program, which teaches students how to successfully manage their finances as they prepare for college and the workforce.

Five additional classes will be taught in the spring. About 105 seniors will participate in the program, which began in October.

“We’re very excited to have community members in our school through the financial literacy program,” said Stephenville High School Principal Travis Stilwell.

Volunteers from Town & County Bank teach the JA Financial Planning curriculum, bringing real-world expertise and experience into the classroom. Students learn age-appropriate, relevant personal financial lessons in a hands-on environment.

Town & Country Bank is a member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, which has been a strong supporter of bringing financial education into the school systems.

JA of the Chisholm Trail is a youth development organization serving Texas children in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Wise, and Erath counties. JA provides hands-on classroom instruction focusing on work and college readiness, financial literacy and dropout prevention. During the 2007-08 school year, JA reached 28,312 students locally with the help of 1,344 volunteers.