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Ten Iowa Schools Receive $1,000 Award for Project Financial Literacy Participation Sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association
Ten Iowa schools have been selected to receive a $1,000 award from the Iowa Bankers Association and its member banks and for participating in Project Financial Literacy. Project Financial Literacy is a program designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with resources to measure and improve their financial literacy curriculum.
The awards and winning schools included:
- Highest Scoring School Award: ADM Senior High School, Adel (Sponsored by Raccoon Valley Bank)
- Most Improved School Award: Postville High School, Postville
- Highest Number of Participating Students Award: Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill
- Highest Percentage of Participating Students Award: Marquette Catholic School, Bellevue (Sponsored by Bellevue State Bank)
- Northwest Regional Participation Award: Spirit Lake Highs School, Spirit Lake
- Northeast Regional Participation Award: Jesup High School, Jesup
- Central Regional Participation Award: Ballard Community Senior High School, Huxley
- East Regional Participation Award: Regina Jr Sr High School, Iowa City (Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank)
- Southwest Regional Participation Award: Tri-Center High School, Neola
- Southeast Regional Participation Award: Pella High School
All Iowa schools who participated in this program by Feb. 13 were eligible for one of 10 awards. Nearly 50 Iowa schools participated in the program this year, reaching more than 1,800 students.
“Financial literacy education is so critical to these students’ future success, and to the economic success of our communities. All of the participating schools are to be commended for their work in promoting financial education with their participation in this program,” said Lori Ristau, vice president of marketing and communications for the Iowa Bankers Association. “This program also aligns perfectly with the core values of Iowa banks. Iowa banks are not only a resource for financial products and services, but also a resource for financial expertise and advice. Financial literacy is at the heart of what Iowa banks do.”
The winning schools can use the $1,000 award can be used to invest in their financial literacy programs or for providing scholarships to students.
Schools interested in participating in Project Financial Literacy next year can visit www.projectfl.org to learn more.
Government-backed Money Advice Service (MAS) pointed to a Cambridge University study that suggested that most young children had grasped all the main aspects of how money works and formed “core behaviors which they will take into adulthood and which will affect financial decisions they make during the rest of their lives”.
Caroline Rookes, chief executive of the Money Advice Service, said: “This study really demonstrates the power of parental influences, and illustrates how much of what you learn and absorb when you are young, both consciously and subconsciously, affects the choices you make throughout the rest of your life.”
View the rest of the article here: Money habits are formed by the age of seven – News Article
What a great conference we had in July! We learned so much and got to meet so many neat individuals! If you missed the conference or if you would like to revisit it, please go to our conference page and check out all the cool downloads you can get. Thank you to all the speakers and attendants that came to our conference!
Congratulations to 4 Treynor High School students who won the 2013 Iowa Financial Literacy Program Video Clip Challenge! Students involved were Logan Huff (Sr.), Wesley Masterson (Sr.), John Beckman (Sr.), and Taylor Anderson (Fr.).
Their video compares the financial behavior of two high school students. One student is making good financial decisions while the other makes poor decisions. Watch this fun video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/oJA60WcGI9s.
On April 15, 2013 Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the launch of a new online financial literacy program, offered through the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid). The interactive program, Vault™, will help Iowa 4th through 6th graders establish smart habits and attitudes about handling money. The program is available free to Iowa elementary and middle schools.
Read the entire Press Release: Statewide Program will Help Students Develop Smart Money Habits on Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds web site.
Get a sneak peak at what Vault offers. View the Vault Demo on YouTube.
See the full press release.
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We want everyone in Iowa to know how important financial literacy is to the individual and the community. We will continue to promote skills in financial literacy. Hopefully this proclamation will help Iowan’s see how serious the governor and community is in achieving this goal. Here is the wording in the Proclamation.
WHEREAS, The State of Iowa believes knowledge of personal finance is essential for the success of our citizens and state; and
WHEREAS, Iowa is taking decisive action to promote financial stability, and the State’s prosperity will ultimately depend on our willingness as individuals to empower ourselves and our families with financial knowledge; and
WHEREAS, To lay the foundation for continued prosperity, Iowa must strive to ensure all Iowans have the skills to manage fiscal resources effectively and avoid deceptive or predatory practices; and
WHEREAS, The Iowa College Student Aid Commission and its partners wish to instill core concepts of personal finance in all Iowans including:savings, banking, credit scores, financing higher education, taxes and insurance, consumer fraud and investing; and
WHEREAS, Working with partners across the state, Iowa’s goal is to ensure all Iowans are prepared to successfully manage their finances; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2013 as FINANCIAL LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH.