BMO Harris Bank students with financial literacy using web-based program

DECEMBER 18TH 2012, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – BMO Harris Bank, along with The Office of the State Securities and Bank Commissioner, announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to high school students in Kansas City Kansas by providing them with access to the EverFiTM Financial Literacy Platform. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. BMO Harris Bank, The Office of the State Securities Commissioner and the Office of the State Bank Commissioner have partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to Kansas City Kansas high school students, at no cost to the schools.

Through the EverFi platform, F. L. Schlagle students earned certification in over 600 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. A certification event at F.L. Schlagle High School on December 18th recognized the achievement of approximately 110 students who earned their EverFi certification in a consumer and technical education course that is required for graduation. Guest speakers included Robert Vejar, Vice President at BMO Harris Bank, Kevin Glendening, Deputy Bank Commissioner, and Alan King, Director of Curriculum for Kansas City Kansas Public Schools.

The 10-unit course offers 6 hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris BankSM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.

About The Office Of The State Bank Commissioner This office regulates all state-chartered banks and trust companies, savings and loan companies, mortgage businesses, supervised lenders, and money transmitters. These banks have total assets of approximately $29 billion. Our primary objective is to ensure the safety and soundness of state-chartered financial institutions, thereby safeguarding depositors' funds and maintaining public confidence.

About The Office Of The State Securities Commissioner The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) is to protect and inform Kansas investors; to promote integrity, fairness, and full disclosure in financial services; and to foster capital formation.

About EverFi
EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness, and additional product areas to be announced in 2012. The company is already powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 3 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at www.everfi.com.

For More Information Please Contact: Ashley Glendening Schools Manager, EverFi, inc. Ashley@everfi.com 202.618.0437

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