The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office is committed to ensuring all West Virginians have access to quality financial education. In 2008, State Treasurer John Perdue created partnerships—with citizens, businesses, and other government entities—to ensure that financial education programs and services would not only be available to the public, but most importantly, in the classroom. The cornerstone of the Treasurer’s financial education plan included a partnership with the State Board of Education to begin implementing his NetWorth program in kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels to produce financially literate high school graduates.
The goal of the NetWorth program is to ensure financial lessons are taught to all age groups. General concepts such as savings and budgeting are introduced at an early age, with lessons progressing to more complex issues such as financial planning and investing.
These comprehensive lessons include a variety of topics that can easily be incorporated into core subject areas such as math, English, and social studies.
Many of the initiatives are hands-on and focus on real-world problems. Students and adults retain more when the can relate to the subject matter.
Supplemental learning activities are also available through the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office and include:
This hands on education experience teaches basic financial lessons through fun activities. The lessons are geared toward elementary age children, but older children can still take something away from this money adventure.
The Financial Education Center features activities to teach financial concepts. Visitors are encouraged to experience the interactive displays and learn through the “Spend! Save! Share!” activity.
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