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Oct 1, 2013 5:58 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Winners of CreativeCurriculum Challenge Financial Education Competition

Capital One Bank Announces Winners of Creative Curriculum Capital One Bank today presented grants totaling almost $20,000 to nine Louisiana schools that won top honors in the bank's 2013 Creative Curriculum Challenge. The first-place winners in the three grant divisions are Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Fifth Ward Elementary School in Reserve and Central Intermediate School in Baton Rouge.

The Creative Curriculum Challenge is a statewide grant competition created by Capital One Bank this year to encourage and support the teaching of financial literacy in Louisiana public schools. In May, Capital One Bank invited Louisiana teachers in three divisions - grades 2-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12 -- to apply for grants for their schools by providing a detailed description of financial-education programs they are integrating into their classrooms. The winners were chosen by Capital One Bank based on creative and meaningful plans and ideas to increase the amount and quality of financial education being taught in Louisiana classrooms during the 2013-2014 school year. The grants awarded will enable the teachers who submitted the winning applications to continue or expand their financial-education programs during the current school year.

"Capital One Bank is proud to make this investment in Louisiana's future," said Rob Stuart, Louisiana State President for Capital One Bank. "These outstanding teachers have approached financial literacy in a truly creative way and worked hard to make it fun for their students. Capital One is proud to reward their schools and looks forward to the growth of all these innovative programs."

Winners of the 9 - 12 division include:

First-Place: Acadiana High School, which hosts a volunteer tax preparation side for the IRS that will include 11th grade accounting students. The students will have the opportunity to become certified volunteer tax preparers and will market their service to other high school students in the parish.

First runner up: Lafayette High School, which has created the Investment and Trading Club to teach students about real-life money investment experiences, using an online program to invest fictitious funds and compete against each other for the best return.
Second runner up: Amite High School, which features a program in which students share information about savings, checking accounts, credit, taxes and budgeting to families.
Winners of the grades 6 - 8 division include:

First-Place: Fifth Ward Elementary School, which set up a program entitled "Panther Pride Pays." Through the program, students deposit weekly paychecks earned from teachers throughout the week into the Panthers Are Wealthy Students Bank. With the funds they earn, they're responsible for keeping a check register and learning about credit ratings.
First runner up: Westdale Middle School, which teaches students about the global economy through French and Spanish immersion programs.

Second runner up: Lake Harbor Middle School, through which students participate in "All in the Family," a financial simulation that has students taking on the fictional role of "head" of their family. Students are required to apply for jobs and balance a budget.

Winners of the grades 2 - 5 division include:
First-Place: Central Intermediate School, whose program Cress Corporate Companies groups students into five companies vying for the privilege of producing and selling their products to the student body. All products and services are targeted at improving the school.
First runner up: Mary Goff Elementary, which set up Café Bucks. Through the café, students use their behavior plan to earn Café Bucks that help them to accomplish weekly goals.

Second runner up: West St. John Elementary School, where students are learning how to write a business plan.
Through an integrated approach called ‘Investing for Good,' Capital One Bank orchestrates the delivery of core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate lasting, local community impact and valuable business results. The Creative Curriculum Challenge is one of many programs demonstrating Capital One Bank's long-standing commitment to fostering the education of Louisiana's youth. These nine awards will enable the state's teachers to continue providing financial education programs to their students.

Capital One Bank recently presented a $4,000 grant to Acadiana High School. The school won top honors in the bank's 2013 Creative Curriculum Challenge, a statewide grant competition created by Capital One this year to encourage and support the teaching of financial literacy in Louisiana public schools. The grant will go toward expanding the school's volunteer tax preparation site for the IRS with 11th grade accounting students. Pictured at the awards ceremony are (left to right): Dr. Pat Cooper and Stephanie Bennett.

Capital One Bank recently presented a $2,500 grant to Lafayette High School. The school won top honors in the bank's 2013 Creative Curriculum Challenge, a statewide grant competition created by Capital One this year to encourage and support the teaching of financial literacy in Louisiana public schools. The grant will go toward expanding the school's Investment and Trading Club, which teaches students about real-life money investment experiences, using an online program to invest fictitious funds and compete against each other for the best return. Pictured at the awards ceremony are (left to right): Dr. Pat Cooper, Michelle Landry and Christine Indest McCrory.

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