Umpqua Bank's Learn to Earn program will add two Josephine County schools to its roster this fall, extending the regional financial institution's reach by more than 5,100 students.

Umpqua Bank's Learn to Earn program will add two Josephine County schools to its roster this fall, extending the regional financial institution's reach by more than 5,100 students.

Manzanita Elementary in Merlin and Fort Vannoy Elementary in Grants Pass are joining the school banking program providing kindergarten through eighth-grade students with the expertise to manage their own money through on-campus banking, complete with financial literacy lessons and child savings accounts.

Since 1996, the program has grown to nearly 8,000 active student savings accounts throughout Northern California and Oregon. The total balance of Umpqua's LTE student savings accounts stands at nearly $2.1 million.

— Greg Stiles