2019 Millionaire for a day event in Omaha, NE

Millionaire for a Day in Omaha

May 02, 2019

By: Elizabeth Edwards

Every April, Great Western Bank is committed to celebrating Financial Literacy Month by helping young people in our community develop money management skills and smart spending habits.

This year, Great Western Bank teamed up with CUES School System in Omaha for something special. The CUES School System is a bold educational initiative providing centralized leadership and governance to three urban elementary schools serving a majority of low‐income students and families in Omaha, NE.

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For a chance to be awarded $300, the interest accrued on a million dollars in a day, more than 200 students in the CUES systems were asked to write an essay on what they would do if they had a million dollars. Our judges had a difficult time choosing just one winner and instead decided to select a winning essay from each school in the CUES system.


On April 30th, Great Western Bank visited all three schools and presented checks to the winning students and spent some time talking to all the students on the importance of financial education.

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Chris Wiedenfeld, Great Western Bank Regional President, discussed “Wants vs. Needs” with 55 students at All Saints School and recognized seventh grader Olivia Riera as an essay winner. Each student and teacher was provided a colorful financial booklet to continue the financial conversation in the classroom. Students were also given a gold coin to start them on their savings journey.

Read the winning essays




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