Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic...And Financial Literacy

Omaha Public Schools and Mutual of Omaha Bank have teamed up to help high school students learn more about their finances. Students now go through a 10-unit course and once completed, they earn a certification in financial literacy.

They're learning about credit scores, student loans and stocks, all a part of the Financial Literacy Program. Alyssa Zaracki is a junior at Bryan High School, one of the many students learning critical life skills through the district program.

“As we're getting older we need to know more about financial issues that come up in our lives and getting ready for college is a big deal and I need to start getting ready for college and taking opportunities and save my money.”

OPS introduced the Mutual of Omaha Bank Financial Scholars Program on Friday. The students heard from leaders in the financial community, including Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. Organizers say it’s important that students learn about personal finance at an early age.

“Having these skills brought to them so early will help them get out of debt and stay out of debt to make good choices about credit and to take care of themselves by budgeting and to take care so they know how to save, not just spend,” said Barry Thomas with OPS.

Alyssa has already learned that lesson and plans to be careful with her money in the future. “My mom, she just graduated from college and she’s paying off all these loans and everything and I'm trying to avoid paying as much as I can.”

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