Financial literacy is an issue that should command our attention because many Americans are not adequately organizing finances for their education, health care, and retirement.
As a reminder, in partnership with the Office of the State Treasurer, People’s United Bank, and the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition, Colchester School District will sponsor an outstanding event on February 8 at Colchester High School from 6:30–8:00 p.m. for parents and other adults interested in teaching kids about money, and everyone in our district is encouraged to participate.
There will be free child care, pizza, and a door prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a restaurant of choice, and in addition to that, both the Association of Colchester Administrators (ACA) and the Colchester Education Association (CEA) are also supporting this endeavor. The ACA will grant one winner representing each of our five schools with a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and the CEA will donate a $50 cash prize so that one student can open a savings account.
Designed to help parents all around the state help their children understand personal finance, the workshop will cover five core areas of financial education—including earning, spending, saving and investing, borrowing, and protecting—teachable moments, and specific child-parent exercises on allowances, budgeting, credit decisions, and savings. The national Jump$tart Coalition wrote a booklet entitled “How to Raise a Money-Smart Child,” and as part of this program, more than 11,000 families around the state received copies of it.
Financial literacy is hugely important; helping children to become responsible consumers now will serve them throughout their lives. Please e-mail Lisa Paone or call her at (802) 264-5748 to RSVP by February 8 so that organizers can best arrange for child care and food for those attending.
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