Ryan Milligan, president of Commercial Savings Bank in Carroll, leans over to check Kuemper student Ryan Sundrup's Bingo sheet Thursday morning. Every year, the bank partners with sixth-grade students at Kuemper Catholic Middle School to teach them about budgeting, insurance, credit cards and debt.
Ryan Milligan, president of Commercial Savings Bank in Carroll, leans over to check Kuemper student Ryan Sundrup's Bingo sheet Thursday morning. Every year, the bank partners with sixth-grade students at Kuemper Catholic Middle School to teach them about budgeting, insurance, credit cards and debt.

April 18, 2019

Ryan Milligan strolled by students’ desks as he recited different Bingo calls.

They varied from homeowners insurance and driving insurance to dental insurance and more.

If the students had a certain type of insurance on their Bingo card, they could not only mark off the answer but also pay to fix their flooded basement, the car that was totaled due to texting while driving or the braces they damaged while eating a caramel apple.

Well, hypothetically, anyway.

After six weeks of working with Kuemper Catholic sixth-grade students on financial literacy, Ryan Milligan, president of Commercial Savings Bank in Carroll, finished up the last day with the students by playing a game of Bingo April 11 at the St. Lawrence Center.

During the program, students learned about budgeting, insurance, credit cards and debt as well as different possible future career paths, said Amy Schroeder, a sixth-through-eighth-grade resource teacher at Kuemper Catholic Middle School.

“I think this partnership is beneficial because it helps students learn life skills and helps them make community connections,” she said.

Kathi Milligan, the Kuemper Catholic kindergarten-through-eighth-grade assistant principal, said the partnership helps prepare students for the future by teaching them about money management and how to make smart financial decisions.

These are valuable life skills that can be used long after school,” she said. “The program also highlights career paths for different industries showing the value of education and weighing the benefit of student loans.”