Pennies to Paychecks – Students learn about finances the fun way

This fall middle school students across Iowa had the opportunity to learn about personal finance while participating in sketch and improvisational comedy.

Pennies to Paychecks, a financial literacy production by The National Theatre for Children (NTC), was sponsored by the Iowa Insurance Division and visited 100 schools in Iowa. The tour stopped in Des Moines, Sioux Center, Spencer, Cedar Rapids, Clarksville, Fayette, Dubuque, Keokuk, Manchester, Waterloo and more locations between Oct. 17 and Nov. 18.

Each Pennies to Paychecks production consisted of professional actors performing comedic sketches while also demonstrating the importance of personal finance. Topics covered included take-home pay, the difference between saving and investing, the difference between credit and debit cards, and the importance of forming a savings habit.

Not only did students learn about personal finance through a live production, schools were provided with student workbooks, teachers’ guides and digital learning materials to help reinforce the lessons learned.

Check out NTC’s video on Pennies to Paychecks below to learn more about the educational production.