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Local Students to Learn about Finances and Money Management at JA Finance Park

— Nearly 1,000 Spokane area students will learn how to budget and manage money so they can practice effective financial skills in a real world environment known as JA Finance Park, going on now through March 24. Thanks to Junior Achievement of Washington, and presenting sponsor BECU, this educational event connects classroom learning to the real world.

JA Finance Park is a groundbreaking financial literacy and career readiness program designed for middle and high school students. It provides hands-on learning to develop personal money-management skills and prepares them for the financial challenges of their adult lives.

Middle school students from Spokane Public Schools and Medical Lake School District will participate in this exciting, personal finance and career exploration first through teacher-led classroom instruction then culminating in an on-site, half day interactive simulation at the Spokane Shriner's Event Center.

JA Finance Park will be in 8,000 square feet of interactive space that simulates a business park, complete with mini-businesses that correlate to 16 household budget lines. During their visit, students will assume fictional, adult scenarios and make realistic, budgeting decisions about everything from immediate needs of housing and transportation to childcare and groceries, as well as planning for health care and retirement savings. Each student will manage their budget and future goals using a custom-designed state-of-the-art app on iPads. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, students will receive specific curriculum in the classroom and then test their knowledge at the simulation.

For more information visit www.jawashington.org.


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