JA volunteers teach money matters at Edgelea

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Students at a Lafayette elementary school received a lesson on how the business world works.

Wednesday was Junior Achievement Day at Edgelea Elementary School. Junior Achievement volunteers taught kids what it means to have a job, receive a paycheck, and then use that money to buy goods and services.

The kindergarten classes were told stories about how a farmer plants seeds, grows the food and sells it at market. Higher grade levels learned about financial responsibility and what is expected of them as employees.

Junior Achievement volunteer Jan French said it is never too early for kids to be financially literate.

“I think it’s very important for them to learn now — the meaning of what money is, what money can do to help them,” said French. “It’s not the cure-all, but it’s learning how to use it properly, and what good we can do with the money that we earn.”

French said she was surprised how much her kindergarten class already knew about how a basic economy works.

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