By Rich Petschke

Monday marks the start of America Saves Week and Norwich-based NBT Bank says it is reaching out to customers and local schools, encouraging them to sign the America Saves Pledge.

According to the bank the effort is part of its Strive® Financial Literacy program, which helps kids, teens and young adults establish a positive relationship with money and navigate personal finances.

The pledge is targeted for students ages 14 and older and is available online at