New program teaches personal finance to Mississippi students

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi group is using a new program to help students understand the value of a dollar.

The program, which came to the attention of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, is designed to promote financial literacy to high school students.

"It's built around a very innovative, interesting and effective software program called EverFi," said Tom Pittman, President of the Community Foundation. "We're announcing funding to do 30 high schools in North Mississippi."

At a cost of $150,000, the program is available to juniors and seniors.  It will take them through hundreds of concepts, teaching them every aspect of personal finance.

Mississippi State Senator Robert Jackson of Marks helped bring the program to the state, saying bringing fiscal knowledge to small communities like his can be highly beneficial.

"In small communities like Marks - rural communities - we don't get a chance to get this kind of info," he said. "It's web based, and kids can access it through the internet."

After completing the course, students become certified as Mississippi Financial Scholars. Student Hannah Fowler, who completed the program, found it to be fun and informative.

"It shows you the real world, what you're getting into and stuff like that, and it shows you what to expect, and it shows you how to manage it," she said.

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