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Mark Grossarth of Heritage Family Credit and Bennington Elementary second grader Avery Wade. Wade won a pizza party for her class by writing an essay about saving.

BENNINGTON >> Local second grade student Avery Wade won a pizza party for her class, courtesy of Heritage Family Credit Union, for writing a great essay on the importance of saving.

Heritage, which has a location on Pleasant Street in Bennington, holds an essay contest every year as part of National Youth Savings Month. Two essay contests are run simultaneously, one for students ages 6-8, and another for students 9-12. The prompt for the 6-8 contest, which Wade won, this year was, "What gets you super pumped up for saving?" Besides the pizza party, Wade, who is a member of Becky Farrington's class at Bennington Elementary, was also presented with an award and a framed copy of her essay.

"As a credit union, it's part of our mission to touch all parts of the family," said Mark Grossarth, assistant vice president of marketing at Heritage, "If kids can learn about saving at an early age, that's really good." He said that his company had received over 100 submissions from across the region. He praised the students that submitted essays, saying, "It's really hard to pick a winner. The kids are all so creative. Their perspectives are wonderful."

"I am super pumped about saving money because I want to go to college and become a doctor," wrote Wade, "I also want to save enough money to buy my mom and dad a present because they make us have such a good family! When I'm all grown up and have saved a lot of money, I will also buy my grandparents something special. I will save enough money to be a doctor and a chef because I like to cook."


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Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.