From the Field – Williams Memorial Elementary, St. George, South Carolina

When Financial Literacy month was in full swing, teachers and school counselors across South Carolina turned to the Future Scholar Financial Literacy program, sponsored by South Carolina’s State Treasurer, Curtis Loftis, The 529 College Savings Plan and SC Economics, to help bring complex financial concepts to life for their students.

I had the pleasure of visiting several classrooms across the state to help students and teachers get started with Future Scholar. I am always amazed by how excited students are when I first explain the program to them– of course they love the idea of money, but they are also incredibly eager to learn about the habits that will help prepare them for life outside of the classroom.

After spending about thirty minutes on the program, 5th Grade students from Williams Memorial Elementary in St. George, SC, were already reflecting on the importance of creating a savings plan to meet short-term and long-term financial goals, understood the importance of keeping financial information private and couldn’t wait for the next chance to use the program in their upcoming guidance lessons. Some students even asked if they could keep working on it at home over spring break!.

Schools Manager: Belle Stoker
Teacher: Tarsha Brown
School: Williams Memorial Elementary, Dorchester 4 School District
City: St. George, South Carolina
Course: Future Scholar (Vault)