Financial Literacy Class at Summit High School
Flagstaff, AZ. December 20, 2019
During the fall semester this year, one class of Summit High School students took part in a financial literacy curriculum pilot program intended to teach students about personal finance.
The pilot class was developed through the collaborative efforts of the LAUNCH Flagstaff Financial Literacy Team.
The class was delivered during Chandra Hemmingway’s Life Skills class, where one class period per week was dedicated to financial literacy instruction.
Eileen Sherlock, Income Director with United Way of Northern Arizona coordinated the program with Ms. Hemmingway, Delia Withey, Program Manager of Earn To Learn, and Terri Beeson, Assistant Director of the TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers at NAU and Coconino Community College.
CUDDLE Outreach supplied the Survival Essential Curriculum and seed money of $250 for each student to open a bank account and follow some specific guidelines for how the money could be used.
The class took a field trip to the Wells Fargo 4th Street branch where they learned directly from local bankers about checking and savings accounts, credit, and the importance of maintaining a good credit score.
Plans are already underway to deliver the program again to a second class of Summit High School students over the spring semester.