Hello Everybody! Recently I was able to witness something very fun and interesting. It was my daughter Kennedy and all of the 2nd graders at Highland Creek Elementary that participated in a program called All Around the Town. This was a lesson in teaching the children how to exercise responsible financial management. They have been learning how to count money all year long. So this was an exercise to help reinforce all of those lessons in a mock town setting. All of the children received paychecks of $180.00 and out of that money they had to write checks to pay bills! Bills! No not someone’s name but pay money to fictitious companies such as: H.C. Luxury Apartments, Mecklenburg Electric Co., and H.C. Water Co. After they were issued their paychecks they visited the bank to pay their bills and receive their remaining monies. Then they were able to purchase movie tickets, go shopping and visit the café. Different classrooms were set up to be one of the places around the town! So how did I get a chance to see all of this? Well I did what a lot of other HCES mommies do! I volunteered to work in the town café! Some moms worked in the banks or the stores. All together in the Bakers Café I served about 150 kids! After the last stop at the café the kids made their way to the movie theater for a lil R&R after their busy day All Around the Town! It made for a very fun and exciting day for all! After this adventure I wanted to help reinforce these important lessons with my daughter at home. So I found and gifted my daughter a special piggy bank to help her build on her new financial management skills. It is a Money Savvy Pig. It’s divided into 4 sections: saving, spending, donating and investing. You may find this kid- friendly money management tool here. Until next time!