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Program Teaches Financial Literacy

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ProjectHELP, a local program supporting school children in high-poverty areas, has received a grant to continue to provide a course in financial literacy.

A pilot program was implemented last year, and a subsequent grant has been presented for the program to continue this fall.  ProjectHELP Director Jana Hutzler says the sessions provide a fundamental building block in learning to be responsible with money.

"We talk to them about setting aside for their needs, seasonal needs, saving for larger items, and generosity giving as part of the program," says Hutzler.  Parents are also welcome to participate in the program with their child.

ProjectHELP's primary work to to advance life skills for at-risk children.  Hutzler says instruction and assistance is adjusted for each child's particular needs.  "We can address individual issues by counseling provided in the program.  The group educational activities provide constant communication between child and teacher to create better outcomes."