Which is the least expensive pet? How much does a pair of roller skates cost? How about the cost of an Aeropostale shirt?
Sixth- and seventh-grade students at Lone Jack School Center and fourth- through seventh-graders at Page School Center likely can answer those questions after participating in the 4-H Dollars and Sense Program.
The Dollars & Sense Program is geared toward teaching youth about smart spending choices and how to budget money. Students receive a pretend allowance and then go “shopping,” with the goal of staying within their budgets.
“Students learn to consider wants versus needs and to make good choices,” said Julia Burgan, academic specialist for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). “Although many of them would love to own a horse, they found out that it — by far — is the most expensive pet to own.”
This event was a collaborative effort with the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development, Lone Jack School Center’s Family Resource Center and parent liaison, and Berea College GEAR UP.
“We couldn’t offer this program without our partners and our volunteers,” said Burgan. “We are grateful to have such strong community and parental support.”