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Third Graders Get a Lesson from Captain Cash

Third graders from Terre Town Elementary in Vigo County have some new skills they can take to the bank. For the past month, they've taken part in a money management program, called Captain Cash, with the Purdue Extension.The goal is to make kids aware of the importance of money, and maybe even get them to start saving for the future.
Third graders from Terre Town Elementary in Vigo County have some new skills they can take to the bank.

For the past month, they've taken part in a money management program with the Purdue Extension.

The goal is to make kids aware of the importance of money, and maybe even get them to start saving for the future.
 
It's a map we should all know  - with islands of earning, saving, spending and borrowing. This is the home of Captain Cash, a program that teaches kids all about money management.

"Ways to earn money, then we go into the importance of saving their money and then once you have so much money saved then we talk about ways to spend it wisely," said Sarah Gaughan, an educator for the Purdue Extension in Vigo County.

This hands-on approach is giving the students some good advice -- in a way they'll remember.

One rhyme they've learned? "There is an end to what you spend."

"They remember that," said Gaughan. "I think it sticks with them because it's really cute and creative.... so it does stay with them. "

They've been studying for about a month, learning cash versus credit, making a budget and saving for the future.

So from income to interest, these kids now know the value of a dollar - and how to stretch it.

"We had them create a savings goal and so it looks at how much things cost in the world and how you need to start looking at that," said Gaughan.

These saving sailors say it's never too early to make kids aware. And navigating them down the right money path now will mean smooth sailing in the future.
   
"They hopefully will carry these skills with them for the rest of their life," said Gaughan.

The program also included a "Piggy Bank Pageant."

The third graders each decorated a piggy bank, which were on display at Old National Bank.

Customers could vote for their favorite by making a deposit, and the students get to use that money to open a savings account.

For more information about Captain Cash program, or bringing it to your classroom, click here. 
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