ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – Wylie High School students are learning the value of a dollar but more importantly how to spend and save it properly.
Pam Mauldin’s first-period class promotes money mindfulness i.e. how to use your money the right way.
“The name of this course is Personal Financial Literacy. It teaches the students to learn the value of money the value of spending, saving and giving,” said Mauldin.
The class aims to help students understand how finances work before they sink themselves into debt right out of high school.
“We have found that a lot of students are coming out of college with a lot of debt. We’re trying to educate the students so that they either have no student loans or not as many student loans,” Mauldin said.
Mauldin says the skills her students are learning are universal.
“Anybody can benefit – whether you’re going to college or the work world,” Mauldin said.
The course has even helped some students make some realizations about where there money was going.
“I saw how much i was spending on a regular basis and it wasn’t that good, but now I have a budget to stick to,” said Dalton Tiner, a Wylie High School junior.
And while some students are re-arranging their budgets because of the class, some are practicing skills they plan to use professionally.
“Because of this course Iactually realized that i want to pursue a career in finance. I’ll definitely be using all of the skills that I’ve learned,” said Kaitlyn Cox, a Wylie High School junior.