Impact in the WCPS Classroom through GLOW Financial Literacy Curriculum

March 22, 2018 (Hagerstown, MD)

Author: Christina Williams, Manager at WCPS Education Foundation

Link to the Article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/impact-wcps-classroom-through-glow-financial-literacy-williams/?published=t

I recently had the chance to meet with South Hagerstown High School AVID freshman that are learning Financial Literacy & College Preparedness through the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation GLOW lessons. Their AVID teacher, Jason Yockelshared some of their reflections after recent lessons.

Pictured above: Back (Left to Right): Courtney Barnard, Sadia Farooq, Satiera Thomas, Kaylynn Polk, Ayanna Thomas & Sitting in the front: Abigail Shoop

Student reflections after the Intro to Budgeting GLOW Lesson:

“Sometimes you need to think priorities before fun.” – Ayanna Thomas

“Discretionary items are things you don’t necessarily need but you want. It’s hard to give it up because it brings you joy or happiness.” – Satiera Thomas

Realizing you can’t always afford all of your WANTS, but that you can afford all of your NEEDS and how this will help reach educational goes:

“If you budget your expenses then you can stay out of debt and afford the stuff you want every once and a while.” – Courtney Barnard

“Budgeting and managing help reach educational goals by letting us afford the things that we need to buy…” – Abigail Shoop

”To be able to solve my problem and manage my money, I started off with first determining everything I needed. After that, I used any leftover pennies for things that I would’ve wanted the most. These skills can help me reach educational goals, depending on my situation, whether I get a full or partial scholarship, have help from my parents, etc. Having the ability to manage and budget my money will let me save money as well in case of an emergency.” – Ayanna Thomas

I also met with Nadia Metz, South Hagerstown High School senior, about her experience in the GLOW Financial Literacy & College Preparedness classes. We used her video during our joint application with OnTrack Washington County for a FY19 United Way of Washington County CI Grant! Nadia has received amazing guidance from Jason Yockel, AVID teachers and GLOW mentors that has prepared her for life after high school. She is a knowledgable, passionate, and hard working young lady. Best wishes for her college path Frostburg State University or Mount St. Mary’s University!!!

Nadia’s Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/wcpseducfound/videos/10155361266137596/

And Jonari Carroll, Williamsport High School senior, spoke about his experience in the GLOW Financial Literacy & College Preparedness classes. We used his video during our joint application with OnTrack Washington County for a FY19 United Way of Washington County CI Grant! Jonari said he always knew he would go to college or the military after high school, but it didn’t become a reality until he had guidance from Coach Small, Mrs. Ciccarelli, GLOW mentors, Mrs. Downs to name a few! Good luck on your scholarships and at Shepherd University this fall!!

Jonari’s Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/wcpseducfound/videos/10155361282772596/

We are continually seeking additional community members to support this amazing and impactful program as mentors in the classroom. For more information visit the website: http://wcpseducationfoundation.org/glow/ or contact WCPS Education Foundation Manager, Christina Williams, at wcpsedfoundation@gmail.com.