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Elementary students get a dose of personal finance know-how

November 24, 2009 12:00AM


Learning about personal finance can never start early enough. That's the idea behind "Gorilla Savings," a program sponsored by the PSU group Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

This semester, PSU students in the organization brought a series of lessons to Pittsburg's Lakeside Elementary School that focused on the concept of personal finance. Third graders were introduced to the basic ideas of how to begin a savings account, how to borrow money and other financial literacy skills. Their lessons concluded with a tour of Citizens Bank.

Sam Johnson, Gorilla Savings project co-chair and junior from Fort Scott who is majoring in Business Finance, said that the organization's main goal is to jumpstart the students into thinking about personal finance and the skills they will all need to have.

"It is important to teach key financial concepts at an early age in order to empower future generations to make wise financial decisions," said Johnson.

The final lesson at Citizens Bank included a tour of the bank and vault. Students also received a financial workbook.

For more information, contact Brittney Squire, vice president of public relations and recruitment for SIFE, 785-731-3251.


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