THS teacher scores with fiscal education program

BY GINNY MILLER

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Visa USA has recognized Tupelo High School teacher Amy Johnson for participating in a financial literacy cell phone game pilot program named “Financial Football.”

“I teach Cooperative Education and use Practical Money Skills for Life tools in my classroom, which cover my whole curriculum,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to use the new Financial Football’ Mobile Edition to involve and encourage my students and make learning fun.”

According to a news release from Visa, Johnson’s efforts to teach fiscal responsibility helped make THS the first school in Mississippi to bring the innovative financial literacy lesson into the classroom. The game is free and is a first-of-its-kind way of helping teens learn how to manage money wisely, Visa officials said.

Visa said the cell phone game puts students’ fiscal knowledge to the test by combining the structure and rules of an NFL game with financial education questions of varying difficulty. To score points, a player must answer assorted money-management questions correctly. Wrong answers and penalties can cost a player yardage.

“Cell phones are the screen of choice for today’s teenagers and so creating a financial management cell phone game gives innovative educators like Ms. Johnson the ability to harness the popularity of the cell phone and put it to good use in teaching the vital life skill of money management to their students,” said Jason Alderman, financial education director for Visa USA.

The game, he said, is a new and creative way “to get students to learn how to budget, invest and save for their futures.”

Contact Daily Journal education writer Ginny Miller at 68-1582 or ginny.miller@djournal.com.