Loftis: Financial Literacy Tour Visits Upstate
One of my favorite things to do is to leave the four blocks surrounding the state capitol and travel the state meeting people of all ages.
Earlier this week I continued my “Log on to Financial Literacy” Tour. At St. Paul’s Catholic School in Spartanburg I addressed over 70 children in second, third, fourth and fifth grades about the need to start saving money. I introduced the students to various online games and apps that will help make learning fun and presented the school with five iPads, not paid for by tax dollars, so they could continue to learn to be financially literate.
Next we traveled to Dorman High School where I spoke with two senior economics classes about credit, debt, and saving for college. We then presented the school with 15 iPads, with preloaded financial literacy applications already loaded.
Dorman Economics teacher Kristine Anderson told the Spartanburg Herald Journal, “This is really is the first time anyone has stopped to tell them how to spend money. They have money now. They are making money. And I’ve talked to them. They want to be better money managers. They just don’t know where to start.”
Programs like these are exactly what we should be doing as elected leaders, and I’m proud to be able to take time out to visit young people all across our state. In the coming weeks we will continue to travel across our state visiting all types of different schools.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your State Treasurer. We fight a lot of good battles, but it is giving back to the people of South Carolina that really makes everyday great!
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