Kids Get Dose of Money Management

by Emily Baird on November 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

It’s not dogs but kids that are learning how to fetch in the classroom.

That’s "FETCH!" meaning Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits. The Ohio Society of CPA’s and the Ohio CPA Foundation first started the program back in 1938, but this is the first time it’s reached Muskingum County.

Fifth grade students at Zane Grey Elementary School in Zanesville were able to learn money management tips Monday morning.

"Saving for unexpected events that may occur is very important, especially in these tough economic times," says CPA Megan Durst.

Durst says it’s never too soon to teach kids about finances because most of them begin to get an allowance around this age.

The program uses an interactive game where the kids pretend to be pet owners, and they seemed to pick up on the material pretty quickly.

"Actually, once you get used to it, it’s not that hard. Now I know how to actually keep a savings account, " says fifth grader Tahjonee Glaze.

Durst says "FETCH!" is a great tool, especially with the current state of the economy. The US Census Bureau indicates that 77% of families are in debt.