High school is supposed to prepare students to start living an independent life when they graduate. Whether they go on to college, trade school, or immediately enter the workforce, one of the most important lessons they can learn is how to manage their money. Seniors at Tuckerman High School are doing just that, and recently visited with some local bankers to learn more about how to obtain and balance a checking account. Thelma Welch and Sherry Jones from Merchants and Planters Bank walked the students through several activities, such as check writing, recording credits and debits, and avoiding overdrafts. “It’s a basic skill, but we have to teach our young citizens how to do this and empower them to be responsible for their money and accountable for their spending, so they can achieve the bright future we know they have ahead of them,” says Welch.