Students learn essential financial literacy skills

Jenkins Elementary School’s Leader-in-Me Financial Literacy Mentorship Program Teaches Students Essential Financial Literacy Skills

John D. Jenkins Elementary School, in partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince William County Chapter, Inc., (NCBW/PWCC), hosted the Leader-in-Me-Leadership financial literacy program, a program mentorship for elementary students. . During the 2021-2022 school year, the program helped 47 students in grades three through five open savings accounts at Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU), a program partner.

Key members of the community gathered for an end-of-year celebration of this year’s participants and recognized the top four students who saved the most money. In first place fifth grader Eliana Quarshie received $100, second place third grader Keiry Giron Orrego received $75, third place fifth grader Kiana Savage received $50 and fourth place, fourth-grade Austin Withers received $25 to contribute to their savings.

Eric Pene, a fifth-grade student at Jenkins Elementary, spoke at the celebration describing what he learned in the program this year. He shared, “I feel like I’ve gained a better understanding of financial literacy and learned how to apply it in the real world.”

Nicole Boissière, a gifted teacher at Jenkins, described a lesson taken by students, saying: “In our lesson, ‘Let my money work for me’, NCBW/PWCC members kicked off an interactive presentation on how to spend money. wisely, followed by a reading aloud of the book “Meko and the Money Tree” by Eulica Kimber. Next, the students discussed the difference between spending money on the things you want now and investing it for future gain. »

Xanthe McFadden, Director of Jenkins, shared more about the benefits of the program: “Students participated in monthly sessions focusing on ‘7 Habits for Healthy Kids’ and financial responsibility. They learned that “it’s never too early to save and always start with the end in mind. These are important lessons that will stay with our students for life.”

“I am very grateful to NCBW/PWCC and AFCU for their partnership. Thanks to these two wonderful organizations and our teachers, Nicole Boissière, Angela Savage and Stephanie Terezon, our students had the opportunity to learn about financial literacy, leadership and deepen their knowledge of the math skills they learned. at school,” McFadden said. continued.

Members of the NCBW/PWCC Chapter were instrumental in implementing the after-school program that educated students in money-saving skills and leadership. Going above and beyond, NCBW/PWCC members raised funds to donate $10 to each student who opened their own savings account. Each returning student with an open account received an additional $10 for each year of participation in the program. Chapter members dedicated their time and energy to the program, helping students develop important leadership, math and financial literacy skills.

Katie Knight, Community Engagement Manager for AFCU, said, “We are honored to be part of the lesson on the importance of savings and love to hear what the students learned at the graduation ceremony. of year. It’s win-win-win partnerships like this that help Apple pursue its purpose of improving lives and making dreams come true.

In a statement highlighting the important work NCBW/PWCC has done with the school’s financial literacy program, Dr. Alice H. Howard, Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs, said, “NCBW/PWCC is excited to partner with Jenkins and lead the Leader-In-Me Financial Literacy mentorship program. We threw an amazing end of year party for our talented and valued mentees. Together, we have impacted the lives of our youth through leadership and financial literacy.

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