SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio (WDTN) -
The Yake sisters are full of imagination and determination, not only to save money for Kayleigh's college career, but to learn life-long lessons.
"They understand the idea that they need money to buy things, but to actually create a budget, actually having to make a plan, estimate how much things are going to cost first, I think that's something else that being involved in an organization gives you a different outlook on," said Angela Yake, Kayleigh's mother.
That's why they found themselves inside the costume room at the Springfield Arts Council in downtown Springfield. Kayleigh volunteers as a youth ambassador for the organization learning about art and fundraising, lessons that will pay off the Savings Race, in college and beyond.
"It puts her in the position to hear the same stuff she hears at home and also hearing it from other people as far as you know, we need money to do this, we can't do these certain things because we don't have the money. If we want to do those things we need to raise the money, so that puts her in the position to be more fiscally responsible," said Chris Yake, Kayleigh's father.
Kayleigh's experience has inspired her little sister, Carrie as well. She's opened a business in the family's basement, teaching arts and crafts to kids while parents take some time off.
In the meantime, Mom and Dad have paid off two credit cards and saved money too, all by pooling their resources, doing their research and putting an end to the plastic.
"I feel that the Yake family is putting up with their coaches very well. We've already given them so many tasks and they have done an incredible job of doing everything we've given them really putting it into, their own spin on it," said Coach Andrea, Wright Patt Credit Union.