Cass KickStart

Cass KickStart to Careers
Posted on 08/03/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Cass KickStart to CareersCass Kickstart to Careers launched in 2019 to provide all incoming Sam Adams Elementary kindergarten students with interest-bearing child savings accounts with an initial deposit of $25. The program, which is meant to help children begin saving for post-secondary education, encourages students and families to make deposits into the bank account throughout the student’s school career. Additional financial incentives may be awarded to students who achieve academic or attendance goals, according to program representatives. The funds put into the CSAs will not be available to students until they graduate high school, and families can opt-out of the program if they choose to do so. So far, no parent has opted out of the program.

Any student who comes to Cassopolis Public Schools as a kindergartener will also receive a children’s savings account. If a child’s family decides to move away from the school district, the account will stay open. While the program will discontinue adding to the account, it will remain open for families and students to continue to contribute.

Cass Kickstart to Careers was made possible through a partnership between the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, Cassopolis Public Schools, Circle Federal Credit Union, and the Cass Kickstart Committee. Michigan Gateway Community Foundation was instrumental in helping the Kickstart Committee launch the Cass Kickstart program because the Foundation had previous experience setting up a similar program for Buchanan School District. Today the Cass Kickstart to Careers program is managed and supported by Circle Federal Credit Union and the Cass Kickstart Committee.

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