Westside students learn financial responsibility through new program

State Treasurer visits Westside Middle school

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at Westside Middle School are getting a head start on learning financial literacy.

The Westside School District is one of 60 in the state to implement the AR Finance, AR Future program.

The program is a new initiative to help elementary and middle school students learn responsibility.

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan teamed up with EverFi, an education technology company, to bring the program to schools at no cost to the school district or taxpayers.

The curriculum is a 2.5-hour course that covers saving, budgeting, credit and debit, careers, income, charity, responsibility and decision-making among other things.

Tuesday morning, Milligan toured Westside Middle School and attended a school assembly to congratulate students for completing the course.

"I'm so passionate about education," Milligan said. "If we can catch them now, then we're certainly going to be able to instill in them something that they can carry a lifetime. We want to create the opportunity for our students to stay here as citizens."

Milligan said he has received positive feedback from both students and educators about the program and he hopes it expands to all schools in Arkansas.

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