LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Jeffco Schools Credit Union is lending area teachers here a helping hand. The $106 million credit union has hosted a workshop in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education to promote financial education among teachers and to demonstrate how to implement the newly revised High School Financial Planning Program. Developed by NEFE to help shift students' thinking toward financial stability through goal-setting, budgeting and savings, the 10-class program can be easily integrated into such subjects as math, social studies, economics or family and consumer education. Free materials provided include an instructor's manual and student guide for each student. Over 30 area educators and representatives from credit unions, school districts and businesses participated in the hands-on workshop. Participants reviewed the six program units, learned how to use a financial calculator, and calculated the time value of money and interest. "Personal finance education is an incredible life-long tool," said HSFPP Director Elizabeth Schiever. "Our hope is that everyone left the workshop feeling informed, motivated, and empowered to teach the HSFPP." JSCU reimbursed the teachers' substitution fee and provided the training facility, lunch and snacks. Funding was made possible through a grant provided last year from the Colorado Credit Union League Foundation. For more information about NEFE visit the Web site at www.nefe.org or call (303) 224-3511.

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