Leaving a Legacy: Class of 2030

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When I started volunteering within my school district three years ago, I had no thoughts about leaving a legacy. I still don’t today, but as I was driving home from our final financial committee meeting before our board of education presentation, in fact, I realize I might just be doing that.

I will be presenting our three-year plan to implemented financial literacy across ten schools, seven elementary, two middle schools and a high school with a population of two thousand students.

Considering our goal is to add curriculum to all grade levels K-12, having an impact on students financial futures are very likely over many years.

A kindergartener entering our school district this year will graduate in the year 2030. I’ll be sixty years old by then, and that student would have years of financial education all because of my efforts started in 2014. A nice little feather in my cap, but not anywhere close to the reason I started pursuing this effort.

Here’s My Why

Over time in our debt repayment journey ($109K dumped in 50 months) I began to feel more confident about the path we were on. After getting past the first several tough months and adjusting to our new behaviors, learning to say no more often, tracking spending, and not relying on credit cards. Somewhere in the middle things clicked.

We took the unexpected in stride. We had our share of the unexpected too. My wife was in a car accident, injured, needed surgery and was out of work for a year. If we could handle that sucker punch, and only focus on her health, I think we had made it to the other side of the debt/money spectrum.

That’s when I knew I wanted everyone to know the common sense secrets to personal finance. I talked with family and friends. Started the blog. I gave Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” to co-workers. I just wanted everyone to feel the things I was. Less stress, a better relationship with my family, and a sense of control over money.

Looking at my three children, I’m so excited for their financial lives. They have such a great head start, and when my oldest son mentions taking a portion of his summer wages and opening up an investment account to test the waters, well you can bet I’m doing a little happy dance.

That’s why the leap to our school district made sense to me. I don’t have any data to back it up, but I’m sure there are other families in our neighborhood who struggle with the same or similar issues we did with money, debt, or credit cards.

It would be hard to cross paths with all of the adults in our community, but a partnership with the school for financial literacy has the potential to impact every single student that pass through the school’s doors.

Financial Literacy Proposal

I hope you can tell I’m excited because I am. I can’t wait for the possibility to change these students lives if our proposal gets approved.

So here it is:

  • Year One:
    • Elementary: Offer a computer-based financial literacy program to all 4th graders. Introduce standard lessons for all other grades.(K-3, & 5)
    • Middle School: Offer a computer-based financial literacy program to all 7th graders. Introduce standard lessons for grades 6 & 8.
    • High School: Offer one seminar per quarter on personal finance for all grade level. (9-12) Continue to provide non-required full year personal finance course.
  • Year Two:
    • Carry over all initiatives from Year One.
    • Elementary: Standardize personal finance lessons for grades K-3, & 5. Implement in all seven elementary schools.
    • Middle School: Standardize personal finance lessons for grades 6, & 8. Implement in both middle schools.
    • High School: Develop a half-year personal finance curriculum and course outline.
  • Year Three:
    • Carry over all initiatives from Year One and Two.
    • High School: Introduce a half-year personal finance class that is now a local requirement for graduation.

If that doesn’t get all of your financial nerds or parents excited, I’m not sure what will. The above was a ton of work. There were many dedicated people making this a reality.

I’d be more than happy to discuss how you too can get this started in your school district.

Wish me luck. My presentation is next week.

25 thoughts on “Leaving a Legacy: Class of 2030”

  1. Very cool, I wish that change were being effected in our local schools as a parent of a class of 2030 child (and 2033 for that matter). Still education has changed over the years. Maybe by the time they graduate these types of programs will be more common place. I’ve noticed an uptick in financial discussions in the mainstream in recent years. Until then I’ll continue to educate my boys.

    • It does appear as more and more schools are getting on board and teaching life skills. Which is a great thing! Good to teach it at home in the meantime.

  2. I bet that was a ton of work – I LOVE it! Starting them off on the computer based program so young is a smart plan. I love everything you’re doing to promote financial literacy, Brian. Best of luck on your presentation next week! 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda! The computer based program is a great way to include technology too, and hopefully, keep them interested in a not so exciting topic.

  3. That’s amazing, I would like to hear more about how to start this conversation with my school district. And of course, sir, I wish you the best luck and hope your presentation will have great success.

  4. Brian, I’m sure that was a lot of work and a lot of time invested, but the dividends it will produce will be amazing, I’m sure the students who will undergo your financial literacy curriculum will grow up with a significant head start on the money lessons so many of us learned the hard way. Thanks for all your efforts and good luck with your presentation.

  5. That’s amazing! Best of luck! We need more people taking what they have learned and getting that information to the people who will be most helped by it.

  6. Break a leg with the presentation! You had a vision and you’re making it happen!

    The possibilities are huge for the next generation(s) if they can get a jump start on truly understanding money.

    • Thanks, Mrs. G. Excitied to think about the financial possibilities for these students when they have had years of formal education on the topic.

  7. Congrats Brian. This is awesome: both the comprehensive school program and the head start for your children.

    I was lucky enough to have financially literate parents and it has made all the difference for me. I truly think the work you’re doing to help put more kids on the right financial path is critical. Thanks for your efforts and have a great weekend!

    • Thank you, Jay. I’m glad to be n the position myself to help others. Just want them to know the things I do with hopes it can help them too.

  8. That’s incredible Brian!!! Congrats on being able to provide a HUGE impact on your community. That is going to be a dividend that pays off in your district for generations to come. Awesome job!!!

  9. Awesome what you’re doing Brian and good luck on the presentation. You’re really making a difference out there. And even though those future kids may not know it, their lives will be positively impacted by what you’ve done.

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