Garden City program helps kids learn how to manage money

Learning to handle money responsibly is a lesson that should be learned while young, and the opportunity to learn is available at the Maplewood Center in Garden City.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Teen and Financial Peace Junior is being offered at the center beginning July 14.

“Financial education is fundamental for success in today’s world,” said Martha Griggs, an instructor.

The classes are taught at appropriate age levels of understanding. The basics of personal finance are at the core. The Junior course is offered to children ages 7-11. The program covers earning, saving, spending and giving. Each child will receive a FPU Junior Activity Kit, along with the coordinating books for reinforcement.

This class meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m. once a week for five weeks, beginning Monday, July 14. The cost is $30 for the program.

“Financial Peace Junior includes the full kit, books and fun activities,” said Monica Fulton, director of the Family Resource Center.

The teen course is offered for young people ages 14-17. The five-week program covers topics like saving, investing, credit cards, credit scores, money management and buying the first car. The teens practice budgeting and take part in group discussions.

This program meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $30.

The teen course delves deeper into what kids need to know as they get to adulthood. The material covered in these classes is what adults in the Financial Peace University classes learn and, according to the instructor, some adults who have taken the course wish that they would have known this information when they were 17 or 18.

For more information, call 734-793-1850. Those interested in registering their children for either class can do so at the Maplewood Center, located on Maplewood, west of Merriman.

Registration must be accompanied by payment by check or money order only.
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