April focused on financial learning

Students across Michigan will learn about personal, local and global finances during April through financial literacy programs, and today Rep. Frank Foster helped recognize one of the oldest with a state resolution honoring Junior Achievement.

Foster’s House Resolution 60 declares April 2013 as Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Month in the state of Michigan. Junior Achievement is a not-for-profit organization that partners businesses and educators to use hands-on learning in order to help young people understand the economics of life.

“Junior Achievement has been inspiring and preparing young people for entrepreneurial success and economic understanding for almost 100 years,” said Foster, R-Petoskey. “Its range has grown with our changing world from local community financial transactions and personal management to the global scale we now must consider and compete in.

“I commend the classroom teachers, business leaders, parents, and community volunteers that make this important life lesson possible.”

Since its creation in 1919, the JA program has reached more than 79 million students to ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of financial literacy and the free enterprise system.

The hands-on learning helps make economic concepts relevant, fuels students’ entrepreneurial spirit, and challenges them to excel at each level of the K-12 program.

HR 60 was unanimously approved by the House.