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Stratford Kids Get Savvy To Cents During Financial Literacy Month

Students as young as these Lordship Elementary School first-graders class are learning about money management during Financial Literacy Month in Stratford.
Students as young as these Lordship Elementary School first-graders class are learning about money management during Financial Literacy Month in Stratford. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. — While their parents scramble to file their tax returns on time, students in Stratford public schools are learning how to navigate the oft-murky world of personal budgeting during Financial Literacy Month.

“Stratford has been providing financial literacy education to all students for the past eight years and has mandated a Personal Finance course as a high school graduation requirement starting with the class of 2019,” said Diane Christiano, coordinator of Career & Technology Education for the school system.

To that end, students from kindergarten through high school have been learning about finances in April and activities will continue after spring break.

How do you teach a kindergartener banking? With a bank, of course.

The littlest students are building “moon jars” and learning the value of saving and sharing money, while first-graders are delving into the concept of consumers and producers by reading Philemon Sturges’ “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.”

Seventh-graders are getting savvy to cyber security and learning how to take emotions out of financial decisions.

Volunteers from Wells Fargo are helping ninth- and tenth-graders better understand credit through a Junior Achievement program.

On April 19 seniors will attend the annual Financial Reality Fair, in which they go through the personal financial management process, ending by meeting with a financial advisor from Sikorsky Credit Union, who will review their proposed budgets.

The month comes to a close April 27 with a performance of “Funny Money” by James Cunningham, who was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.” Cunningham uses humor and audience participation to teach financial literacy in schools across the country.

“Stratford school system is doing our part to educate our youth in making good financial decisions,” Christiano said. “The activities are fun and engaging!”

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