Simsbury High School’s Patti D’Onofrio
Named Connecticut Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year

Patti D’Onofrio,  a Personal Finance and Financial Literacy teacher at Simsbury High School, was recently named the 2016 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition.  The award honors a Connecticut teacher of grades 9 through 12 who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance.  Patti has also been instrumental in making Financial Literacy a graduation requirement at Simsbury High School.  Congratulations, Patti!

Highlights of the 2016 Financial Literacy Summit  

Christopher Lee, President, CT Jump$tart 2016 Financial Summit Logo Beth Kobliner
Beth Kobliner, Keynote Speaker Emily Bjornberg 2016 Financial Summit Audience

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Connecticut Financial Literacy Summit on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, CT. We were thrilled with the number of people who attended and the positive feedback we’ve received. We’re already looking ahead and planning for next year’s Summit. 

Our appreciation to all of our financial sponsors – Credit Union League of Connecticut, EverFi, People’s United Bank, Signature Bank, CHET, CHET Advisor and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England – as well as to our talented speakers and CTJump$tart volunteers. A special thanks to Beth Kobliner for her generosity and commitment to financial literacy for everyone.

Here are links to this year’s Financial Literacy Summit resources:


Connecticut Jump$tart Accepts Award as State Coalition of the Year

CT Jump$tart Awarded 2016 Coalition of the Year 

On April 6, 2016, Christopher Lee, President of the Connecticut chapter of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, traveled to Washington DC to accept the prestigious State Coalition of the Year Award for 2015.

This honor recognizes the sound structure and management of the state coalition; its effectiveness and innovation in reaching, supporting, and assisting teachers; its public awareness activities; its effectiveness in carrying out Jump$tart’s State Coalition Common Strategy; and the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself.

Lee and the Connecticut chapter’s volunteers look forward to another year of hard work in advancing financial literacy among the state’s pre-school through college-age youth.

  2015-16 CT Jump$tart Board and Committee Members

2015-16 CT Jump$tart Board and Committee Members

The Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition believes that today, more than ever, students must be financially literate in order to be prepared for college, careers, and the increasingly complex economic demands of our 21st century global marketplace. As a state, Connecticut can and must do more to get its students ready for those roles. If you’re interested in being part of CTJump$tart’s efforts to give our students the personal finance knowledge they need to succeed, please contact the Chapter’s president, Christopher Lee.


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The Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization with individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Connecticut’s youth.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to CT Jump$tart and their programs, please make your check payable to CT Jump$tart and mail to:

CT Jump$tart
Attn: Chris Lee
79 Main Street
Meriden, CT 06451

Upon receipt of your donation, we will mail you a receipt for your tax records.

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