The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Money

December 18, 2006

‘Financial Football’ coming to W.Va. high schools, libraries

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As the result of a pilot program, the West Virginia Treasurer’s Office has agreed to distribute Financial Football to every West Virginia high school and library, Burke added.

The program was developed in cooperation with the NFL and Players INC, Burke said.

“It incorporates lessons taught through Practical Money Skills for Life, a free, award-winning, teacher-tested and approved money-management program,” Burke said. “This game is currently the centerpiece of a national Visa/NFL initiative to get young people excited about their financial futures.”

The site provides teachers with lesson plans, interactive games and calculators designed to teach responsibility and concepts such as earning, saving and budgeting money, according to Burke.

Statistics support financial literacy programs, Burke added, which show that nationally 60 percent of preteens do not know the difference between cash, credit cards and checks, and that many high school students cannot pass a basic financial exam.

- To play Financial Football, visit http://www. practicalmoneyskills.com/english/at_school/training camp/.

- To watch a short highlight video of this education initiative, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= WfHpQuo kuAA.

— E-mail: fpace@register-herald.com

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