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News Article

4/9/2013

PlainsCapital Bank Partners with Texas Council on Economic Education to Develop Financial Literacy Curriculum for Middle School Students

PlainsCapital Bank partnered with Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) to develop a personalized financial literacy curriculum targeted toward seventh- and eighth-grade students. The 16-lesson program funded by PlainsCapital Bank will cover topics such as saving, budgeting, credit, loans and financial responsibility. PlainsCapital Bank employees will also volunteer their time to teach lessons to students in after-school programs throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Lubbock.

TCEE is a statewide nonprofit organization that teaches financial literacy and played a key role in writing the new kindergarten through eighth grade financial literacy mathematics standards that will be implemented in the fall of 2014 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards will require kindergarten through eighth-grade math classes to incorporate personal financial literacy into their curriculum.

“The recent recession and slow recovery are strong evidence for the need for financial literacy education,” said Laura Ewing, president and CEO of Texas Council on Economic Education. “We are very thankful that PlainsCapital Bank believes in the need for providing hands-on activities with real world relevance that will engage students and provide more positive spending and saving consumer behavior. In addition to the lessons that will be provided to teachers within the classroom, PlainsCapital Bank is also funding lessons that can be used in after school programs to reinforce the lessons learned.”

Beginning this summer, the program written by TCEE and funded by PlainsCapital Bank will be available to download free of cost on TCEE’s website for any public or private middle school that wants to incorporate financial literacy into their curriculum. Once the new TEKS standards are implemented in 2014, middle school teachers can download the curriculum to fulfill TEA’s personal financial literacy requirement.

“PlainsCapital Bank and TCEE are both committed to improving financial literacy in our communities, especially within middle schools where finance and money management classes are not yet required,” said Pete Villarreal, PlainsCapital Bank chief administrative officer. “This program is an excellent way for students to explore topics like saving, budgeting and the importance of making sound financial decisions for their future. When financial literacy classes become a requirement in 2014, this will be a convenient option that teachers can easily implement into their curriculum without incurring any additional costs.” 

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