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Minnesota senior citizens helping students learn lifelong personal finance skills

April 23, 2012


For Immediate Release

SHAKOPEE, MN – As Financial Literacy Month continues, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will visit Jackson Elementary School in Shakopee on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30am to emphasize the importance of volunteerism in schools, and sharing financial skills and knowledge with Minnesota youth.

Commissioner Rothman’s visit will highlight the work of 87-year-old retired engineer Ed Barnett, a senior citizen who has volunteered in Minnesota schools for the past ten years teaching students the importance of saving money. At the end of this school year, Ed – who was recently named Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Month – will have volunteered at four different schools interacting with students in over 30 classrooms.

After visiting with Barnett and Jackson students, Commissioner Rothman will meet with Jackson Elementary Principal Doug Schleif and Junior Achievement’s Vice President LaChelle Williams to discuss the importance of volunteerism and teaching basic personal finance skills to children.

The Jackson Elementary School visit coincides with Teach Children to Save Day, which encourages those with expertise in banking and finance to reach out and help young people develop lifelong savings habits. Members of the press are invited to attend Tuesday’s visit.

WHO
Mike Rothman, Commerce Commissioner
Ed Barnett, Financial Literacy School Volunteer
Doug Schleif, Principal of Jackson Elementary School
LaChelle Williams, Vice President of Junior Achievement

WHAT
Elementary School Visit to highlight seniors volunteering, teaching students personal finance skills

WHEN
Tuesday, April 24
9:30am

WHERE
Jackson Elementary School
1601 Lusitano Street
Shakopee, MN 55379