Mid-Prairie students earn scholarship dollars and financial literacy classroom enhancements
WELLMAN — Mid-Prairie High School was selected again this year to receive one of 30 $1000 prizes for their participation in the 2013-14 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge. This prize was given to the school on behalf of Iowa Student Loan, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, and the Iowa College Access Network.
More than 80 Iowa high schools participated in this year’s Challenge by having students take an online financial literacy assessment. All Mid-Prairie seniors and freshmen participated in the assessment, providing pre- and post-test information to assist Mid-Prairie Family and Consumer Sciences/financial literacy educator, Glenda Seward, in planning lessons that build on what students know coming into high school so they are more likely to be ‘life-ready’ when they graduate. Seward has worked with the University of Arizona’s Take Charge Today program, developing and testing their financial literacy curriculum, for the past eight years and these course materials are used extensively in her classes to develop greater financial capability.
Financial literacy concepts are taught in many courses at Mid-Prairie, including Practical English and Practical Math, in those respective departments; Personal Finance, offered by the Business Education department; and Life Skills, Young Adult Living and Parenting and Life Management, offered by the Family and Consumer Sciences department. Parenting and Life Management is a required course taken by all seniors prior to graduation.