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CALUMET CITY | Thornton Fractional High School District 215 will use a recently received grant to bolster the financial literacy programs they operate at high schools in Calumet City and Lansing.

District 215 officials announced this week they received a grant from the Pathway to Financial Success program sponsored by Discover. That program provides money for schools to develop or improve curriculum in financial education.

The grant received by the district totals $14,050, and officials say they will use the money to buy instructional materials, while also providing professional development for teachers.

The financial literacy programs at T.F. North and T.F. South high schools is integrated into economics and work-study classes. Work study coordinator Susan Barnhart said the program will “be very helpful in creating more solid learning experiences for our students.”

District Superintendent Creg Williams said in a prepared statement he thinks the economic struggles of our society in recent years make it “important for our young people to learn personal finance skills.” He added that the schools want to teach skills “to equip students with the tools they need to build a bright financial future.”

 

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