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Richardsville teacher earns award for financial literacy

Richardsville Elementary School teacher Ann Gowen (shown working with students) has received the 2012 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award from the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition. This award honors a Kentucky teacher in grades K-12 who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance. She will receive $250 to be used in her classroom.

Gowen spearheaded an effort to get the Classroom Economy curriculum in all three of Richardsville’s third-grade classrooms. Classroom Economy (
http://www.myclassroomeconomy.org/) gives students a real-world look at business and finance. Students have jobs, income, and expenses as they participate in this year-long activity. “It’s good real-world experience,” Gowen says. “It fits with the teaching of economics, and it’s great for teaching math skills as well.”

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition believes that all Kentuckians need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions and seeks to improve money management skills throughout the lifecycle of Kentuckians. The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization with more than 30 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of all Kentuckians.
The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition is an affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of more than 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit this website: www.jumpstart.org <
http://jumpstart.org/undefined/> .

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