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April 1, 2013

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Hampshire First offers virtual challenge

Hampshire First Bank is committed to helping youth learn the importance of making informed financial decisions throughout their lives. Through the bank’s Strive program and partners such as New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition, employees work directly with students to help them grow into financially responsible, independent adults.

In January, Londonderry branch manager Lauren Neves and customer service representative Rebekah Kersten met with second-graders at Londonderry’s Matthew Thornton Elementary School as part of a series of lessons on personal finance. They visited first-graders in the fall and have plans to continue partnering with the school district.

The bank also recently kicked-off the “Get 10 Virtual Quest,” a virtual scavenger hunt that challenges students to use problem-solving to answer questions every consumer should know. The “quest” focuses on retirement planning and how to use the bank’s financial calculator as a guide to select an appropriate Individual Retirement Account.

The quest is open to all New Hampshire students, ages 14 to 18, and runs through April 19. Students who complete the quest and answer all 10 questions correctly will be entered to win a $30 iTunes gift card and an iPad mini (and one for his or her teacher, too).

For more information about the Strive program, visit nbtbank.com/strive.

Cumberland Farms’ coffee sales help kids

Throughout April, Cumberland Farms is hosting the 2013 Cups for Kids campaign throughout New Hampshire to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which provides the highest level of care in a family centered environment to all of the children in the region, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Participating Cumberland Farms stores in New Hampshire and Vermont will donate 5 cents per cup of hot coffee sales to benefit the children’s hospital.

During the 2012 campaign, Cumberland Farms raised almost $25,000 for CHaD. Those unrestricted funds went to support crucial CHaD programs, including the CHAD Family Center, the Child Life program, and the new Livin’ Healthy Weight Management program.

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