The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is seeking nominations for the 2016-2017 Maine Jump$tart Coalition Financial Educator of the Year Award. This award was created to recognize a Maine educator who has distinguished themselves through their efforts to improve the financial capability of the students and families they serve. The Board is particularly interested in PreK-12 classroom teachers who have successfully adapted free, non-commercial curriculum materials; or developed an innovative approach to engage students in topics related to personal finance. Creativity and enthusiasm for incorporating personal finance in the classroom and successful integration of technology will also be considered. The 2016 award recipient will receive up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement to attend the 2016 National Jump$tart Educator’s Conference on November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.
On Friday, March 4, 2016, four high school teams competed at the Portland campus of UNUM for the right to represent Maine in the national LifeSmarts competition! United Technologies Center (UTC) of Bangor, Mt Ararat High School (SAD 75) from Topsham, Waynflete School of Portland, and Woodland High School from Baileyville all faced off in a round robin competition with the winning team to receive an all-expense paid trip to the LifeSmarts final competition in Denver on April 9-12. Students were quizzed in five key areas: personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, the environment, and technology.
United Technologies Center of Bangor took home the trophy and will be representing the state of Maine in April at the National LifeSmarts Competition. As part of their win, the UTC team created a video that highlights how and why LifeSmarts works for them, how it will stay with them throughout their lives, and why others should participate!
To learn more about LifeSmarts, visit http://lifesmarts.org/.
Mary Dyer, President
c/o Maine Jump$tart
PO Box 5024
Augusta, Maine 04332