Treasurer Loftis to highlight Youth Financial Literacy Summer Camp

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

(Columbia, SC) – State Treasurer Curtis Loftis will be the keynote speaker of a program in Pickens County devoted to teaching elementary school aged kids vital economic lessons they will use throughout life. Treasurer Loftis will speak to a group of more than 100 kids on Friday June 24 at 11:15 a.m. at West End Elementary School in Easley.

The Treasurer’s speech will wrap up the two week program designed to help at-risk youth. Treasurer Loftis will distribute free financial literacy software to the students as part of the event.

“It is always such a pleasure to get out of Columbia and meet with teachers and students to talk about how important it is to understand finances,” Treasurer Loftis said. “We must reach out to children and give them an understanding of what makes our economy work. When I was in elementary school, I never could have imagined running a business and then running a statewide office. If this can inspire a child, it’s all worth it.”

TREASURER CURTIS LOFTIS SPEAKS IN EASLEY, SC

WHEN: 11:15 - Friday June 24
WHERE: West End Elementary School 314 Pelzer Highway Easley, SC (media access has been pre-approved)

Treasurer Curtis Loftis is committed to reaching out to students across the state and promoting financial literacy. In May, the Treasurer visited schools and awarded computer tablets loaded with financial education software. The Treasurer’s website even has a kid’s page with financial literacy games.

ABOUT THE ECONOMIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

Pickens County’s Summer Academy fourth grade students will be immersed in a micro-economy and utilize realworld and vital life lessons throughout their day for a two-week period. Lessons include personal responsibility, voting, employment, saving, spending wisely, credit, checking accounts, debit, smart shopping, renting versus owning, paying taxes, investing, and entrepreneurship. Students will complete career research projects and participate in goal setting activities throughout their experience.

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