It was just a year ago when I first met Captain Ca$h; the defender of all things money related. Well the Captain (aka Gracie Marlatt) has made her way back to Rushville Elementary School East ready to share an adventure to four islands.
The “Captian Ca$h” program (created by Purdue Extension) is designed to help promote an understanding of financial literacy, encourage students to save, guide students to spend less than they earn, and help students gain an understanding of what borrowing money means.
Under the guidance of “Captain Ca$h,” Mr. Mark Matthews’ third grade class enbarked on a four-part voyage that entailed a visit to the islands of Earning, Saving, Spending and Borrowing. Each island introduced vocabulary words and one or more economic concepts. These islands also included a game or activity and take-home handouts. Along with learning basic financial concepts, students learned and practiced important life skills that foster self-sufficiency such as communication, decision-making, problem solving, managing resources, planning and organizing.
What would an island voyage be without a secret message in a bottle? Each island visited revealed that secret message in a take-home saying: The Island of Earn – “The more you learn, the more you earn.” The Island of Save - “Every payday, save some cash away.” The Island of Spend – “There is an end to what you can spend.”The Island of Borrow – “For a happy tomorrow, be wise when you borrow.”
As “Captain Ca$h” left RESE to explore other lands, the traveling party (class) received certificates of accomplishment for having successfully completed their voyage. The ship returned safely home and the lessons learned on those islands will surely find their way into piggy banks and the way we think about earning, saving, spending and borrowing.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.