ORR to Launch Personal Finance Program

Superintendent Michael S. Nelson and Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll are pleased to announce that the school has partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Massachusetts to bring a series of personal finance lessons to ORRHS students.

            Students will be able to attend the program beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1 during their “Bulldog Block” flex period. The program will introduce them to the interrelationship between their financial decisions today and future financial freedom. They will also learn how their decisions can affect people they have relationships with and healthy behaviors to discuss and manage shared financial decisions.

            “Financial management skills are important for students to develop early as the decisions they make even in their high school years can affect their futures,” Principal Devoll said. “We have already received a lot of interest in the course from our students and we are excited to officially launch the lessons.”

            The program will cover topics including: earning money; budgeting money; establishing healthy financial relationships; saving money for larger purchases and emergencies; managing credit and debt wisely; protecting finances; shopping smartly; managing potential risk to finances; investing to grow money; and using credit cards responsibly.

            At the conclusion of the program, students will understand how their personal finances affect their quality of life and how their financial choices will be the basis for meeting their needs and wants.

            “JA is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Old Rochester Regional High School. We have been able to collaborate around a dynamic personal finance program that is helping ORR students prepare for their exciting futures,” said Jeffrey Pelletier, President, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. “We are thankful to be able to partner with such an outstanding team of educators and we look forward to continuing and building upon this partnership in the years ahead.”

            “We are always looking for new and diverse programs to offer to our students, and the skills they will have the opportunity to learn through the new personal finance program will be an asset to their high school education,” Superintendent Nelson said. “We look forward to working with Junior Achievement on this program and are grateful for their partnership.”

            Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is a regional non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. JA focuses on high impact learning experiences for K-12 students across the key content areas of financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship that drive long-term outcomes in education development, economic development, and youth development. JA’s learning experiences are always free and are implemented in-school, virtually, and out-of-school thanks to the support of volunteers and partners. Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s oldest and largest economic education organization with over 100 years of experience. To learn more, visit jasouthernma.org.

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