From the Field – Holy Family Regional School, Rochester Hills, MI

Launching Mrs. Whitley’s class on Vault was a joyful experience. Her beautifully decorated computer lab, adorned with twinkling lights and pillows, felt like a cozy coffee shop or living room. Mrs. Whitley was so impressed with how engaged her students were on the course, and we talked about how important it is for even elementary school students to know how to manage money. (When asked, all but one student said that they prefer to save money than spend it!)

At Holy Family, students also earn the opportunity make a small donation to a charity of their choice as a prize for demonstrating good behavior. They are well on their way to making great choices about money!

Schools Manager: Rachel Blum-Jose
Teacher: Mrs. Whitley
School: Holy Family Regional School
City: Rochester Hills, MI
Course: Vault

From the Field – Newton High School, Covington, Georgia

Newton Federal Bank sponsors four high schools in Newton County. This year we were able to schedule ceremonies at all four sites! Both the students and teachers expressed what a meaningful resource EVERFI was for them. Our most recent ceremony took place at Newton High School where 180 certified students were presented with certificates and one student received a $200 scholarship from Newton Federal Bank in recognition of his outstanding work.

Schools Manager: Rachel Blum-Jose
Teacher: Mr. Williams, Ms. Javlyn, Dr. Wells
School: Newton High School, Newton County Schools
City: Covington, Georgia
Course: EVERFI Financial Literacy

From the Field – IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus, Staten Island, New York

The classroom visit was a place of shared learning. Adults shared their financial mistakes and students shared their financial concerns for the future. As the conversation progressed we all agreed being financially literate was crucial for future happiness. During the trivia game we learned and relearned important lessons like budgeting and saving for the future.

Schools Manager: Clark Hoefnagels
Teacher: Michael Balzano
School: IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus – New York City Public Schools
City: Staten Island, New York
Course: FutureSmart

From the Field – Fratt Elementary, Racine, Wisconsin

On April 10th, Sabina Chandiramani from EVERFI and Shannon Huot from Educators Credit Union visited Cinda Poppe’s class to celebrate her 4th grade students’ hard work around financial literacy! During this classroom visit, the students showcased their knowledge as they played a financial fitness jeopardy game and were then presented with their certificates of mastery. Cinda was so happy about how students responded to the program and said, “I am just amazed at how engaging Vault is for my students!”.

Schools Manager: Sabina Chandiramani
Teacher: Cinda Poppe
School: Fratt Elementary, Racine Unified School District
City: Racine, Wisconsin
Course: Vault

From the Field – Florin High School, Sacramento, CA

Mr Fairchild is the first to tell you he is the “founding teacher” of EVERFI in his district of Elk Grove. Mr Fairchild has implemented the program in his Business Math classes for 3+ school years and even included the curriculum in his summer school classrooms at a private school. On Friday, April 28 – U.S. Bank volunteers Pam Maxwell, Wayne Moore & Harald Junker joined his classes for a hands on budget activity with students.

Schools Manager: Hayley McKane
Teacher: Randall Fairchild
School: Florin High School, Elk Grove Unified
City: Sacramento, CA
Course: EVERFI – U.S. Bank’s Financial GeniUS Program

From the Field – Conway High School, Conway, Arkansas

Kicked off EVERFI – Financial Literacy in Mrs. Hardee’s two banking classes as part of the Bank of the Ozarks Financial Scholars Program. Debra Bowser from the bank also attended. The students run a fully operational student bank as part of the class and she wanted students to certify in financial literacy as they worked on opening up and operating the bank throughout the semester.

Schools Manager: Aaron Harris
Teacher: Alyce Hardee
School: Conway High School, Conway Public Schools
City: Conway, Arkansas
Course: EVERFI – Financial Literacy

From the Field – Snowden International School, Boston, MA

As part of the Metro Credit Union Sponsorship, the math teachers at Snowden International School were able weave financial literacy instruction into their core curriculum this semester. A total of 131 students engaged in the program and participated in the event, with over 70 students who were awarded certificates of completion. Photographed is Charlene Bauer (SVP Metro Credit Union) awarding students, alongside Eugene Roundtree (Snowden International School Principal) addressing the group and calling student names.

Schools Manager: Margaret Bane
Teacher: Carlos Zalduondo & Eliane Vasconcelos
School: Snowden International School, Boston Public Schools
City: Boston, MA
Course: EVERFI – Financial Literacy

From the Field – Salvation Army Center, Vancouver, WA

Before my visit on Thursday, the Director of the Salvation Army Center in Vancouver, WA, told me a story about a 4th grade boy using Vault whose parents were pleasantly surprised to hear he wanted to open a savings account. As long as he kept his grades up, they said, his mom would open one up for him at the end of the school year. I got to meet Lamar during my visit, and had a whole conversation about finances – how he understands there are always choices to be made, and how he thought hard about what he would spend his birthday money on (he bought Call of Duty:).

I was warned he was feeling grumpy on Thursday, so even though we had a great conversation, here he is in all of his grumpy glory! He later laughed, but I think these pictures are great as is.

Schools Manager: Jessie Stone
Teacher: Captain Laura & Anna Marneris
School: Salvation Army Center
City: Vancouver, WA
Course: Vault

From the Field – Prague High School, Prague, OK

In early March, I co-hosted a classroom launch with Pam Pratka, a 29 year Vision Bank veteran and Ms. Miranda Smith at Prague High School. Her students were so engaged with the EverFi – Financial Literacy program and went straight to work. At the end of the class period, one young man told me he actually found the information quite interesting, with a big, bright smile!

Schools Manager: Wyjuana Montgomery
Teacher: Miranda Smith
School: Prague High School, Prague Public Schools
City: Prague, OK
Course: EverFi, Vision Bank Financial Scholars Program

From the Field – Valley View Jr. High School, Jonesboro, AR

Mr. Sanders invited me to come down and join three of his agriculture classes as they kicked off the FutureSmart program. Students in these classes work in their school garden tending and growing vegetables which are then sold at a local farmer’s market. The students also have the opportunity  to work at the market to earn money selling their vegetables. FutureSmart was a great way to introduce students to real life financial literacy topics and to give them a few ideas for handling the money they’ve earned from selling vegetables.

Schools Manager: Aaron Harris
Teacher: Anthony Sanders
School: Valley View Jr. High School, Valley View Public Schools
City: Jonesboro, AR
Course: FutureSmart