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JA Finance Park Makes Dollars Make Sense for Students

JA Finance Park Makes Dollars Make Sense for Students

  • By Gina M. Byrd, M. Ed., Peer Assistance and Review Consulting Teacher |
  • Team PGCPS |
  • For Parents |
  • October 1, 2018

How many times have you told your child, “Money doesn’t grow on trees?” I know I have! And they still don’t seem to get it.

As parents, it is up to us to begin preparing our children for the real world that entails electric bills, water bills, grocery bills, mortgages and so many other expenses that come with adulting. Students need to understand financial fundamentals to help them make smart decisions with the money they will earn.

PGCPS is also helping with financial education through an amazing resource that offers students hands-on experience learning these critical life skills: the Junior Achievement Financial Park of Greater Washington!


A partnership between Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, PGCPS and Capital One, JA Finance Park is a “hidden jewel” right here in Prince George’s County where every eighth-grade student receives digital financial literacy training on making real-life financial decisions that will lay the foundation for how they approach their financial responsibilities in the future. Topics covered for eighth graders include income, credit and debit, budgeting, saving, and investing and risk management.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting this amazing facility, and look forward to volunteering as an opportunity to get a closer look at what students are learning and to contribute to building their financial literacy.