SIXTH ANNUAL FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND CAPABILITY AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY NONPROFITS CASH CAMPAIGN OF MARYLAND, MARYLAND COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION AND THE MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

0

Awards highlight financial education achievements of Public School Teachers, Community Champions & Outstanding Organizations statewide

The nonprofits CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign of
Maryland, Maryland Council
on Economic Education (MCEE) and the Maryland State Department of Education
(MSDE) are pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Financial Education and Capability Awards. The Awards were highlighted during the regular 8pm session of the
Maryland General Assembly on March 11, 2019 in Annapolis.

The Financial Education and Capability Awards Program
highlights the dedication and success of public school teachers, community
champions and outstanding organizations who deliver financial education.
Financial education focuses on a range of financial management concepts and
behaviors including budgeting, careers and income, credit, savings, financial
decision-making, and understanding values and habits about money. The Awards
were developed by the CASH Campaign of Maryland, in conjunction with the
Maryland State Financial Education and Capability Commission, to call attention
to the importance of financial education to the lives of Marylanders. An easy
and free way for people across the state to learn to better manage their
personal finances is by accessing the Maryland CASH Academy, the only online
source for free, in-person financial education classes. www.mdcashacademy.org.

2019 Financial Education and Capability Award Winners:

  • Elementary School Teacher Award: Daniel
    Zubrowski, Havre de Grace Elementary School  (Harford County) –
    For
    organizing a Financial Literacy Fair using MCEE curriculum

  • Middle School Teacher
    Award: Melanie Stuart, Middletown Middle School (Frederick County)
    – For Life Skills
    training in a “store” model using Junior Achievement materials
  • High School Teacher
    Award: Mike Martin, Lansdowne High School (Baltimore County)
    – For developing the
    “Academy of Finance” for financially struggling students & their
    families
  • Community Champion
    (Individual Educator): Ronald Jennings, CAFÉ Montgomery (Montgomery
    County)

    For being an inspiring educator who is volunteer Chair of CAFÉ Montgomery
  • Outstanding
    Organization: UMBC (Baltimore County)
    – For UMBC staff
    volunteers who organize the Financial Literacy & Education Committee
    to serve students

The CASH Campaign of Maryland, Maryland Council on Economic
Education and MSDE thank OneMain Financial and the Woodside Foundation for
their generous sponsorshipof the $1,000 financial awards.

Robin
McKinney, Co-Founder & CEO, CASH Campaign of Maryland
, stated, “Good financial decisions are vital to
strengthening the economic lives of all Marylanders, from youth to older
adults. We developed the Financial Education & Capability Awards to call
attention to this important issue. We congratulate these award-winning
teachers, community champions and outstanding organizations dedicated to
helping people understand the importance of making good financial
decisions for a better financial future. The CASH Campaign of Maryland is
proud to partner with great organizations & legislators to make a
difference in the lives of Marylanders!”

“We are thrilled
to announce and support these dedicated educators as the 2019 winners.
Teachers as well as the community have a significant impact on young people and
we believe these winners exemplify excellence in equipping students
with positive financial skills, which is essential for their successful
futures,” said Mary Ann Hewitt, Executive Director of the Maryland Council
on Economic Education.

OneMain Financial sponsored
the Teacher Awards intended to recognize teachers in Maryland who exemplify
excellence in financial education and who practice innovative strategies in the
classroom.  

Recognition of public school teachers is tied to the
Maryland State Curriculum for Personal Financial Literacy Education, which was
created under the leadership of the Maryland State Department of Education and
mandated for implementation in local school systems in grades three through
twelve beginning in September of 2011. The awards program places the spotlight
on the outstanding work taking place in our schools and communities.

“The Financial
Education and Capability Awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the
talented educators who impact our students,” said Dr. Karen Salmon,
State Superintendent of Schools
.  “These honorees provide
students the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions regarding
their finances, and these are skills that they will use throughout their
lives.”  

The Woodside Foundation sponsored the Community Champion
Award and the Outstanding Organization Award.  “This year’s award winners have had longstanding,
dedicated roles outside their jobs to build financial capability in their
respective communities,” said Meg Woodside, Trustee of the Woodside
Foundation.
 “Our Community Champion, Ron Jennings, has immersed
himself in expanding the reach and impact of financial education for Montgomery
County residents through his volunteer service as a financial educator,
financial coach, chair of the local financial capability coalition,
and roles on numerous advisory councils. Our Outstanding Organization, UMBC,
has pioneered numerous financial well-being initiatives on
campus through a volunteer team of faculty, staff, and students
to help its young adults gain financial life skills, creating a model that
we hope other campuses will replicate.”

ABOUT
THE CASH (CREATING ASSETS, SAVINGS AND HOPE) CAMPAIGN OF MARYLAND:

The nonprofit CASH Campaign of
Maryland works with its partners across the state to promote programs, products,
and policies that increase the financial security of low-to- moderate-income
individuals and families across the state. Most services are available at no
cost to participants including free tax preparation, financial education
classes and financial coaching.

ABOUT THE MARYLAND COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC
EDUCATION (MCEE):

For over 60 years, the Maryland Council on Economic
Education
(MCEE) has worked to assure that Maryland’s school
children leave high school equipped with the economic and financial literacy
knowledge and decision-making skills they will need to make informed, rational
decisions as consumers, workers, citizens, savers, investors, and participants
in the global economy. MCEE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and affiliate
of the national
Council
For Economic Education

ABOUT THE MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
(MSDE):

The mission of MSDE is to provide leadership, support,
and accountability for effective systems of public education, library services,
and rehabilitation services. 

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.