Middle school students are just starting to think about summer jobs, but thanks to their professional association, accountants share financial literacy lessons with kids and hope to stimulate them to thinking about their financial futures.
Making Cents: A Financial Literacy Program at Marbles Kids Museum was a workshop presented by volunteers with the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. The message was clear – good financial habits continue throughout life. Students had the opportunity to learn how to live within a budget, save money and minimize borrowing.
“It’s almost to the point where you don’t have an excuse in this country to not be rich anymore,”said accountant Jonathan Kraftchick. “If you make smart decisions, if you start getting the education today and start taking some action now, your path is so much easier than your friends who decided not to come.
“Start saving often, start saving early. Let’s get rich together.”
The Making Cents program was started by the NCACPA in 2009. The objective is to teach financial literacy to grades seven through twelve. Members make visits to schools, and also present Saturday programs. At the Saturday programs, parents and teachers also get training on financial literacy.
“Life is unpredictable,” said Jeremiah Thayer, a N.C. State accounting graduate student.. “Sometimes you can’t control what will happen to us.”