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Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara team up with Junior Achievement to teach financial literacy

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Tue, Mar 10th 2015 03:25 pm
Buffalo Sabres player Anders Lindback meets with second-grade students at Southside Elementary.
Buffalo Sabres player Anders Lindback meets with second-grade students at Southside Elementary.

Sabres players talk to local students about the economic opportunities available in our community

The First Niagara Foundation and the Buffalo Sabres teamed up with Junior Achievement of Western New York to teach local students about the responsibilities of and economic opportunities available in Western New York. Sabres players Anders Lindback and Chad Johnson spoke to second-grade students at Southside Elementary Monday.

Throughout the month of February, First Niagara and the Sabres made a donation for every save the team made to Junior Achievement. In total, the two organizations are providing $10,000 for the Junior Achievement programs to empower local young people to own their economic success.

"First Niagara is proud to support Junior Achievement and their efforts to deliver relevant and fun learning opportunities around financial literacy to students in so many classrooms in our community" said Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation. "In addition to our financial support, over 40 first Niagara team members serve as volunteer teachers throughout the year in schools across the county."

Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation, teaches students about financial literacy. 

Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation, teaches students about financial literacy.

"The Buffalo Sabres believe in creating opportunities for the young people in our community to own their economic success. We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership with First Niagara and Junior Achievement," said Rich Jureller, Buffalo Sabres director of community relations.

Laurie Mahoney, president of Junior Achievement WNY, said, "Junior Achievement is so appreciative of the support we have received from First Niagara and the Sabres to support our financial literacy programs. Their generosity will enable us to continue to teach important lifelong lessons that position young people for a successful future."

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of WNY enriches the lives of more than 13,700 students in 157 schools and community organizations throughout the eight counties of Western New York. JA's success is due to its many supporters and more than 560 volunteers. For more information about Junior Achievement and how to make a difference in a child's life, visit www.jawny.org.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a New York not-for-profit corporation that is committed to stimulating, supporting and encouraging organizations that serve Western New York and are committed to youth hockey initiatives; the health, wellness and education of underprivileged/disadvantaged youth and military personnel; and physically and mentally challenged athletes. It provides financial generosity and other platforms for these endeavors.

For additional information on First Niagara, visit www.firstniagara.com.

 

Second-graders at Southside Elementary were excited to meet with the Buffalo Sabres' Sabretooth, who joined the Sabres' Anders Lindback and First Niagara's Elizabeth Gurney to discuss financial literacy.

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