Eleventh- and 12th-graders in Matt Yarkosky’s class at Harrison Preparatory School recently took the National Financial Literacy Challenge offered by the Treasury Department.
More than 75,000 students across the U.S. took the challenge, including 31 Harrison Prep students. Thirteen students scored in the top 25 percent.
“More people throughout the state and nation are asking teachers to give high school students the skills to manage their own money‚Äîespecially with the recent stock market activity,” said Yarkosky. “I believe high school students have a thirst for financial knowledge as they start to make their own money and pay for their own things. This is the first time we have offered Economics at Harrison Prep, and we are connecting our lessons to current events.”
As part of their unit on financial literacy, students analyzed pay stubs and discussed how money and taxes are dispersed. They also learned about credit, saving, inflation and making sound investments.