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Van Cleve Students Participate in Kids to College

November 21, 2017

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Van Cleve students find out if they have budgeted properly for clothing during the Real Money, Real World simulation.

More than 300 sixth grade students and teachers from Van Cleve Elementary School in Troy spent the day Friday attending classes and learning real world financial responsibility at Edison State Community College during Kids To College. The annual program is a collaborative effort with Troy City Schools, The Ohio State University Extension Office and is funded by a grant from the Troy Foundation.

This is the eleventh year for the program at Edison State, which provides students with a curriculum that focuses on financial literacy, career choices, and the value of an education beyond high school.

“Our partnership with Van Cleve is very special and unique,” said Stacey Bean, Enrollment Manager at Edison State. “I am proud we continue to offer the Kids to College program year after year.”

Initial sessions are held at Van Cleve in the weeks leading up to the event to help prepare students for a simulation that requires them to make consumer decisions, pay bills and balance a checkbook.

“We spend several weeks in the classroom preparing the students for their day here on campus. We discuss things like the importance of a college education, career choices, taxes and deductions, checking and savings accounts, and how to make smart financial decisions for themselves and their family. The students are given various jobs, income, and children during their first lesson in the classroom.”

While at Edison State, students spent time in the classroom learning about a variety of topics ranging from anatomy and physics to business and early childhood education. In addition to attending various sessions and simulations, students had the opportunity to spend time and interact with Edison State faculty and staff in the cafeteria during lunch.

“While on campus, every student experiences the Real Money, Real World simulation,” added Bean. “It is truly a wonderful event to be a part of. The community support is phenomenal and several Edison State faculty and staff participate in the event.”

“This event couldn’t take place without the many volunteers who ensure the 300 plus energetic sixth grade students get an experience they won’t soon forget.”