B-UHS to receive pilot grant

CHARLESTON — The Education Alliance, in collaboration with the College Foundation of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office, West Virginia Bankers Association, West Virginia University, Marshall University, and the West Virginia Department of Education is partnering with three West Virginia high schools to pilot a financial literacy program designed to strengthen students’ financial capability.

The high school pilot initiative will provide resources and technical support to help meet the unique needs of three different schools and to develop innovative models of financial literacy education.

The Education Alliance, through its Make Cents WV initiative, will provide three $2,000 grants, as well as additional supplemental resources, to each pilot site. The pilot schools are:

∫ Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Upshur County

∫ Meadow Bridge High School in Fayette County

∫ Paw Paw High School in Morgan County

In addition to funding, participating schools will conduct a self-assessment of existing financial literacy practices and identify resources and strategies to strengthen their program throughout the year-long pilot.

Schools will have access to the MakeCentsWV.org clearinghouse of financial literacy resources for families, students and educators.

MakeCentsWV was created to help students make wise and informed financial choices.

It provides resources to help students learn how to increase savings, improve credit and build assets.

The Financial Literacy High School Pilot, Make Cents WV, and MakeCentsWV.org are funded in part by a grant from the West Virginia GEAR UP program, using U.S. Department of Education federal GEAR UP funds.

For more information, visit the website MakeCentsWV.org/educators-high-school-pilot/ or contact Beth Bowden by phone at 304-342-7850 or beth@educationalliance.org.

Founded in July 1983 as the first statewide public education fund in the nation, The Education Alliance is a private-sector initiative to help businesses understand the importance of financially and resourcefully supporting the state’s public schools and to give business a voice in public education that advances policies and practices to continually improve public school student achievement in West Virginia. Learn more at EducationAlliance.org.

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