Franklin High curriculum expands

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lisa Perkins, from left, and Mark Johnson, both with SunTrust, and Franklin High School teacher Colleen Monn, Franklin Superintendent Michelle Belle, FHS principal Rodney Berry, SunTrust Vice President Lynn Powell, Franklin School Board Chairman Bill Scarboro, local SunTrust Branch Manager Luresa Tyler, Franklin Mayor JIm Councill and SunTrust’s Mike Woodward at the kickoff program for “My Money, My Future.” The web-based financial education program will be offered to high school juniors and seniors. -- DALE LIESCH | TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—A new web-based financial program has been added to the Franklin High School curriculum with a kickoff Oct. 26.

The program, which is free to the school system, was developed by Everfi and paid for by Suntrust Bank.

“The My Money, My Future” program is a six-hour course that will be integrated this year through a unit the school’s government classes for juniors and seniors, said teacher Colleen Monn.

The program will be a stand-alone class next year.

The platform covers more than 600 topics including credit scores, budgeting, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401Ks and other critical financial concepts.

“The skills they are going to learn are critical,” said SunTrust Bank Senior Vice President Lynn Powell. “They are skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”

Powell said the platform, by teaching these skills, is designed to help make the students more successful financially, which would help them become better citizens.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Powell said.

SunTrust, the local sponsor, as well as the statewide Genworth Foundation is paying for the program for three years, said Everfi Schools Manager Katie Hughes.

“In today’s competitive world I think financial literacy ranks up there with reading, writing and math literacy,” Franklin School Board Chairman Bill Scarboro told students at an assembly to introduce the program. “This knowledge you have the opportunity to gain will help you plan for the future.”

Other speakers at the assembly included Franklin Mayor Jim Councill, FHS Principal Rodney Berry and Franklin Schools Superintendent Michelle Belle.