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.