Financial literacy education is a key area of focus for Centra Foundation. We provide two programs for teachers to use in their classrooms. Saving with Mandy and Randy is designed for second grade students, Making the Right Money Moves is used at area high schools generally as part of the personal finance curriculum.
Centra Foundation expanded the impact of its school based financial literacy program by 44% during the last two school years. During the 2015-2016 school year more than 2,400 students benefitted from the two programs.
Saving with Mandy and Randy
The Saving with Mandy and Randy program is used in eleven Bartholomew County schools as well as eleven other elementary schools in Centra communities. The program provides a series of practical, interactive lessons. Each student receives his/her own book. Learning opportunities include; identifying coins and their value, understanding the difference between wants and needs and the importance of saving.
Carmella Musillami from L. Frances Smith Elementary School shared, “I've been taking advantage of the Mandy and Randy program for numerous years. I appreciate the materials and wish to continue using them for as long as Centra Foundation can provide them. The best part of Mandy and Randy is the story...how they opened a bank account and started saving."
Making the Right Money Moves
Eighteen high schools utilized the program last year. High Schools joining the program included Jeffersonville, Floyd Central and Scottsburg. The program combines a workbook, practice worksheets, role play simulations, CD and video to teach practical lessons.
Scott Seaver business teacher at Columbus North said about the program, “The program provides "real life" information that everyone needs to know. It doesn't matter what profession the students will work in or what college major they will be seeking the information in the Making the Right moves booklets is relevant and important. The information is up to date and realistic. The students are engaged when completing the checkbook scenario and credit examples. I love using the program booklets in my Personal Finance classes and hope to continue in the future thanks to your donation of the booklets.”
Students also like the program, “Katlin Meek – Columbus North Senior told us, “The financial management skills I gained through the Making the Right Money Moves program are benefitting me now and will through my adult life.”
During the 2016-2017 school year we will be contacting other schools and teachers in the Centra communities to see if they have interest in using the program.