Paying bills, budgeting and taking out a loan is a ton of fun. At least, that's what middle school students think after spending a day at Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax. For weeks ahead of the field trip, students learn about personal finance. Then, their skills are tested at the park.
Is your New Year's resolution to better manage your personal finances? How about to put a little extra change into the piggy bank? According to a new survey conducted by the National Financial Educators Council, increasing your knowledge about financial literacy should be at the top of your 2018 resolution list.
A group of middle schoolers is getting a lesson in real life at Junior Achievement Finance Park near Washington, D.C.
"When the students come here, we make it fun and interactive," said Ed Grenier, JA of Greater Washington's president and CEO.
But the lesson starts in the classroom, he says, with about 14 hours of instruction on financial institutions, debt, credit, budgets, and various types of taxes.