Yesterday I had the opportunity to teach a money lesson to 3rd graders at James Ward Elementary School in Chicago.  We had a great time talking about their short and long term goals, how they can earn money, what types of jobs there are and where they can donate their time, money and talents.  I had a great time with Ms. Goetz’s class and want to thank their teacher-librarian, Mrs. Beatrice Haney, and principal Sharon Wilcher for allowing me to share this time with their students – and a couple parents too!

The great news is that journalist Leah Hope from ABC7 News in Chicago was there to film the lesson in action and interview a few of the students about what they learned about money.  It is such a joy – and fun – to see kids share their money experiences with others.  It renews my motivation to continue passionately driving our mission to teach children that they have choices for their money and through managing those choices they feel empowered by their finances rather than controlled by them.  The interviews are scheduled to air Monday, May 30th, between 4:00 and 6:30.  So tune in to Channel 7 over the holiday to see the fun and no doubt entertaining piece from Leah Hope and her team!

Here are a few fun photos from the classroom yesterday.

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Written by Susan Beacham
Susan Beacham founded Money Savvy Generation in 1999 after almost two decades in private banking and investment management complemented by considerable time teaching at the elementary level.

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