Commodore Perry FCU brings ‘Banzai’ to local schools

Jun 30, 2021 | Schools | 0 comments

Commodore Perry FCU has stepped up to make partial or full remote learning easier in the wake of COVID-19. With its sponsorship, more than 3,260 students and teachers at 17 schools in Ottawa County will have free access to “Banzai,” an award-winning online financial literacy program and content library of articles, calculators, and personalized coaches.

All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom via any device that can access the internet.

“Thank you so much for providing this program for my students,” said teacher Danielle Lajti at Bataan Memorial Intermediate School. “This has been a great way to start our online learning experience in Ohio due to the Covid-19 pandemic. My students have enjoyed learning through a game format, and it has allowed me to cover financial literacy standards with ease.”

Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said that with the sponsorship of Commodore Perry FCU, there is no cost for the program for students or parents.

“Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” said Vandagriff. “Because Commodore Perry FCU is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free.

“More than ever, it’s important kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world. Commodore Perry FCU realizes that and they’re doing something about it.”

Banzai content builds a foundation of practical knowledge and gives students the tools to create a sound financial future. While students learn, teachers can easily monitor and grade their progress remotely. After finishing Banzai, students will know how to track where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs and build a budget. At a time when many are facing unprecedented financial challenges, these lessons are invaluable.

The Banzai resources are available at

“Commodore Perry FCU is grateful to have our existing partnership with Banzai,” says Jill Kozlok at Commodore Perry FCU. “This partnership allowed us to have online financial literacy programs readily available to the educators in our community. This was a valuable and available resource to assist these educators in a time of uncertainty.”

Since 2015, Commodore Perry FCU has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the Ottawa County community by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of credit union resources. Beyond the Banzai library, Commodore Perry FCU also offers virtual or in-classroom presentations from local experts on timely topics.

Banzai resources are used by more than 75,000 teachers across the U.S. The courses align with Ohio’s state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to gain vital financial literacy skills.

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program with their class can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI.

For more information about Banzai visit For more information about Commodore Perry FCU visit

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