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Posted April 25, 2013

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La Cueva Receives $16,300 Grant for Financial Literacy

The Pathways to Financial Success grant through Discover Bank will pay for textbooks, iPads and other curriculum support and professional development.

La Cueva High School has been awarded a $16,300 Pathways to Financial Success grant through Discover Bank. The award will help students get the education they need to make good financial decisions. The funding covers purchase of iPads specific to the school’s financial literacy program, a classroom set of textbooks and teachers’ editions of Financial Algebra, shipping costs for a free classroom set of Math Behind the Market as a curriculum supplement, and professional development.

La Cueva financial literacy teachers expressed an interest in applying for the grant to re-energize and improve their financial education program, recognizing the need and the fact that statistics show that 84 percent of students say they need financial education and only 20 percent of teachers feel comfortable teaching the topic. APS Partnerships Manager Lauren Joule worked with LCHS lead financial literacy teacher Lee Ann Moores to prepare the grant application.

"Thanks to Discover for awarding this grant to provide our staff with needed new resources to bring financial education to the forefront," said La Cueva Principal Todd Resch. "Our entire community, and especially our parents, recognize the importance of this aspect of the curriculum.”

LCHS financial education teachers will work over the summer to incorporate the components of the award in to next year’s financial literacy curriculum. The professional development components will be provided by local financial services partners to APS as well as experts trained in curriculum or programs like the Stock Market Game. The trainings will be shared with other interested teachers and schools to infuse interest in financial education throughout the district.

“We need our kids to feel comfortable talking about money at home and at school, so they can be confident for the future and in the real world. By implementing financial education in the classroom as part of the common core standards, students have the opportunity to learn and increase their dialog both in school and at home,” said David Nelms, chairman and chief executive officer of Discover.

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