Students Learning Financial Literacy

High school students in district 204 are the first in Illinois to get their hands on new technology that will give them a better grasp for how many works in the world.

Using interactive online lessons, games, and quizzes, students at Metea, Neuqua and Waubonsie Valley High Schools are learning about budgeting, 401k’s, student loans, and how credit cards work, to name just a few topics.

“I really like it because it’s very interactive and if I feel I didn’t learn something well enough with the teachers or the notes, I can go back to it,” Pati Mikus.

Chicago resident Bruce Rauner partnered with the creator of this cutting edge software, EverFi, in order to bring financial literacy to the district.

As an advocate for change among public schools, Rauner started the Rauner Family Foundation and had made it his mission to provide every high schooler in Illinois with access to critical financial information.

“The financial side of our economy is significant – it’s increasing every year,” said Bruce Rauner. “Getting with young people early in life – rather than early in life – so that they understand some of the issues, some of the trade-offs, is critically important and helps them avoid some of those mistakes but also sets them up to be life smart learners and readers and understanding of news.”

Rauner and members of EverFi were at Metea Valley to speak about the software and reward more than 50 students with an official financial literacy certification.


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