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Scholar Dollar program to teach students about money

Posted: September 29, 2016 5:44 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Lynn Blizzard and Claire Shell are a part of the Dollar Scholar initiative which begins in Oct.

Starting next month, Kershaw County fourth graders will begin the Dollar Scholars program to learn how to manage money.  The program is a part of the United Way of Kershaw County’s Care Council on financial stability.

“(Financial stability) originated as one of the core values of the United Way and the Dollar Scholar program originated because of the Care Council’s desire to address the need for financial education in Kershaw County. It is shown that fourth grade is a great location to start talking about money with children,” said Financial Stability Center Coordinator Lynn Blizzard.

Financial Stability Care Council Chair Claire Shell says she hopes the program will influence both students and their families.

“Through the Dollar Scholar program, our desire is to introduce positive saving, sharing, and spending habits to our local fourth graders. And we hope the conversation will continue at home with family members so that they can benefit from the program as well,” Shell said.  

Blizzard, who wrote the Scholar Dollar curriculum, says the three main points of the program will be to teach children to spend, save and share. 

“Most students have some kind of understanding of money whether from doing chores, or receiving birthday money. We will take three sections which are spend, save and share to teach children about financial education,” Blizzard said.

Volunteers from the community will coordinate with teachers throughout the county to teach a lesson over the next four months.

“The schools will have four visits by the volunteers. We have a lesson guidebook for the leaders that will let all students have the same lesson taught to all 850 students in Kershaw County. It will be consistent, if a child were to move to another school in the county they would get the same lesson.”

The volunteer teachers are a wide range of people.

“I have local volunteers ranging from local business partners, to retired teachers, to the financial experts in the banking industry that are volunteering to help teach,” Blizzard said.

Each student will receive a cardboard box with three sections to help begin the save, spend, share initiative. The boxes were donated by the Camden UPS store.

“The student will get the box on the first day the volunteer teaches the class and they will get to take the box home with them. Hopefully this will help to start their spending or saving trend.”

For more information about the program or to volunteer to teach, contact the United Way at (803) 432-0951.


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