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New Program Helps Students Learn Finance

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In a Lancaster High School personal finance class, students are learning everything from how to use a credit card to investing, with a new program called EverFi.

Interactive games and fun graphics teach students different ways to better manage their money.

Jake Cox just got a job and said the program has shown him how to stretch his paycheck.

"I learned how to handle my money and know what to do with it now. Like know where to put, know how to spend it and when to spend it," said Cox.

The unique thing about the online program is it allows students to learn at their own pace.

"If a student needs more information in order to pass a particular module within EverFi, the system automatically does that for them," said Jennifer Walker, personal finance teacher.

Walker said the program is even helping parents who are learning along with their kids.

The program includes guest lecturers from local banks like Fairfield National.

Fairfield National Bank felt financial literacy was important and helps to fund the EverFi program.

"We do think the sooner you start the better. Sometimes valuable or expensive lessons get learned in the real world. Hopefully we can eliminate some of those and help individuals get started on the right foot in their adult life," said Steve Wells, president of Fairfield National Bank.

Wells said they are planning to sponsor seven more schools in Lancaster, Springfield, Mansfield, and Newark.

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