On September 14, students at Humboldt Public School took part in one of many Junior Achievement (JA) classroom workshops, Dollars with Sense. Minister of Education, Don Morgan, Horizon Board of Education Chairperson, Jim Hack, and Vice Chairperson, Wil Lengyel, and Horizon School Division Horizon Director of Education, Kevin Garinger joined students to observe and participate in a portion of the afternoon session.
The Dollars with Sense program, which supports the Career Ed. Work Curriculum and links to Math curricula, is an interactive program that encourages students to develop the financial literacy skills necessary to set goals and make informed decisions about their financial futures. Students examine their personal values regarding money and learn about budgeting, how to protect themselves as consumers, money management and investments. The program was recently revamped and now includes a number of excellent digital resources.
JA will be offering this program, or another program if the school does not have a suitable grade level, to all schools in Horizon later this year. In most cases, trained local volunteers from the business community present JA programs, but a JA staff member led the session on September 14. JA Saskatchewan collaborates with the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and several other businesses outside of Humboldt to support sessions across Horizon School Division.