WHITELAND, I.N. – Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) visited Whiteland Community High School students participating in the Stock Market Game Capitol Hill Challenge. This national 14-week financial education competition brings financial literacy resources to public schools in every congressional district nationwide to teach middle and high school students about saving, investing, and government.Rep. Hollingsworth, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, met with the students who are investing a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and learning about the capital markets.
“Financial literacy skills are critical for young people to learn in today’s economy,” said Representative Trey Hollingsworth. “I commend Whiteland Community High School, and Business Education teacher Matt Wadsworth, for their commitment to providing their students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of saving and investing, skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”
“The stock market game is a great learning experience,” said Matt Wadsworth, Business Education Teacher at Whiteland Community High School. “I have used it for over 10 years in my classroom. It is always interesting to see which aspect of the game is most exciting to students. Some students enjoy the math component. Other students find it engaging because they like to compete against other students. Congressman Hollingsworth’s visit gives them a chance to ask questions about the economy and its impact on the stock market.”
The competition uses the SIFMA Foundation’s curriculum-based Stock Market Game™, a program to help students develop a better understanding of fiscal policymaking, the role of the capital markets, and global economic trends. The program is proven to raise student scores on tests of mathematics, economics and financial knowledge and to improve students’ and teachers’ personal financial behavior.
Since the Capitol Hill Challenge began in 2004, the program has made more than 4,100 matches of U.S. representatives and senators with schools, reaching more than 115,000 students. Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are participating in this year’s competition.
For more details, visit www.stockmarketgame.org/capitol-hill-challenge.html
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