For the past five years, $3.5 billion-asset TCF National Bank Illinois has had two full-time employees visit Chicago-area schools to teach students about saving, budgeting, and banking.

"We're encouraging kids to see the value of saving before the credit cards can get to them," said Timothy A. Herwig, vice president of community affairs at the bank, a unit of $10.5 billion-asset TCF Financial Corp. in Minneapolis. "We're doing our part to establish an ethic of saving and investment in a society where a plethora of people have accumulated debt beyond their means."

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