Mt. Vernon Middle School was selected among 61 middle schools in Indiana as the sole recipient of the Financial Field Day. MVMS partnered with MassMutual Foundation, an organization that sponsors the FutureSmart digital course powered by EverFi, for a Financial Field Day. A group of MVMS students participated in a program over the course of a few weeks that helped them to recognize the importance of financial literacy. The curriculum ended with a special Financial Field Day lead by EverFi representatives that provided interactive group activities that corresponded with what they learned in the digital course.
Some of the important financial lessons that students had the opportunity to learn more about during the Financial Field Day included differentiating between wants vs. needs, identifying fixed vs. variable costs, filling out an interactive pay stub, calculating insurance costs, and planning for a variety of career options.
One lucky student, 7th grader Jaden Gibson, was awarded a $1,000 529 Savings Plan Scholarship to help fund his post-secondary education. Other students have another opportunity to earn a 529 Plan Scholarship by submitting an essay about their FutureSmart experience to the EverFi Essay Contest.
MassMutual Foundation and EverFi representatives collectively chose Mt. Vernon Middle School as the recipient due to, in large part, the enthusiasm of the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Teacher, Mrs. D’Lee Rush. “Mrs. Rush is so instrumental. She is so passionate and has been so heavily involved in her partnership with EverFi,” says MassMutual Managing Partner, Gregory McRoberts.
Mrs. Rush was presented with a plaque that says, “Certificate of Innovation in Financial Education, presented to Mrs. D’Lee Rush, recognizing exceptional efforts to improve the financial well-being of communities across the United States” by MassMutual Foundation representatives Gregory McRoberts, Managing Partner, Cindie St. George, Director of Community Responsibility, and MVMS Principal, Ben Williams.
Principal Ben Williams stated, “Mrs. Rush’s dedication to her students in furthering their financial literacy, and eventually their success, is commendable and we are so proud of her initiatives. She exemplifies the caring side of teachers that put students first.”