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Financial Literacy

Eighth grade students complete an assignment at the Junior Achievement Finance Park.It just makes "cents" for students to learn about money management and personal finance. That is why the Foundation has invested in a financial literacy program for all eighth graders in the district. The program includes a six-week personal finance course and a field trip to the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Auburn.

"Parents are very supportive of the program," says John Mejlaender, who teaches financial literacy at Issaquah Middle School. Mejlaender has received enthusiastic feedback from parents who are grateful their children are learning real-world skills that are necessary to their future lives.

"Eighth graders are not too young to consider the cost of living, the importance of budgets, wants versus needs, taxes and the use of credit and interest," says Mejlaender. "Teaching this curriculum is completely worth the time and effort."

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