HSU hosts first financial literacy camp for high school students

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – When most students hear about investing, real estate, or the stock market, their eyes usually roll over in sheer disinterest or boredom. But a university in Abilene thinks financial literacy is more important than ever.

Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) held a fundraising and investing camp on Monday to help high school juniors and seniors learn more about real-life issues. Many of these students in attendance all had a common thought process leading up to camp: They told KTAB/KRBC that they wanted financial literacy to be taught as part of their regular school curriculum.

Addison and Preston Medley were two of those high school students to enroll in HSU’s finance and investment camp. As siblings, the Medleys said they understood the importance of finances because of the impact it had on their family.

“We’ve seen what financial hardship looks like and we want to do better for our families,” Preston said.

These siblings said they woke up at 6 a.m. Monday morning and drove for three hours to spend a few days of their summer vacation learning about finance.

“We’re trying to prepare for our graduation,” Preston said.

Robert Tucker, Dean of Business and Career Studies at HSU, explained why he started this camp.

“I realized, as a father, that I hadn’t done a great job helping my own kids understand money,” Dean Tucker revealed. “So I thought maybe we could have an event.”

At this event, students learn about banking, financial statements, budgeting and more.

“What we’re trying to do is get people to think a little more long-term,” Dean Tucker said.

Some schools in the area like Wylie ISD have tried to expand their education programs on these subjects. Reagan Berry, principal of Wylie High School, said the school offers several finance courses.

“We have a class called Dollars & Cents, Personal Financial Literacy, and then another class called Securities & Investments,” Principal Berry said.

Wylie High’s current plan, according to Principal Berry, includes plans to integrate even more education around these ideas – bringing financial literacy classes to more students.

“The information is at least offered to them to learn,” Principal Berry said. However, these are not compulsory courses, but optional courses.

Dean Tucker said that with the current situation in the economic world, it is especially important for high school students to learn about this. If this camp at HSU proves useful and successful, he hopes to plan another one for next year to expand sponsorship opportunities for these students.

Educating more students about finances, which many students want, could help them achieve their goals. goals that might be similar to Addison Medley’s: “Not living paycheck to paycheck.”

HSU’s Fundraising and Investing Camp takes place Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8. Click here to find out more about this camp and other camps offered by HSU.