It was a game of strategy, rolling of the dice and getting acquainted with a few key finance terms like deposit, budget and donation.
Approximately 3,400 students in 122 classrooms across the district put their financial skills to the test during the 19th Annual Accounting for Kids (AFK) Day. In 1999, the first year of the event, only 20 classrooms participated.
“AFK Day™ continues to grow because of the sponsors and volunteers who care enough to have an impact on the lives of children involved,” said Crystal Faulkner, co-founder of Accounting for Kids, and partner at MCM CPAs and Advisors. This year, over 650 volunteers joined in on the fun to assist students with this year’s activity, a board game called “GearUp!.”
Each fall, Accounting for Kids hosts its annual event with volunteer business professionals facilitating interactive financial education activities with students, primarily in grades four through six.
“This is one of the best days of the year,” said Kevin Jones, regional president of Huntington Bank. Jones and fellow Huntington Bank employees offered a few tips and advice to the sixth graders at Winton Hills Academy.
“Demonstrating to children how to be economically responsible provides them with more opportunities to accomplish overall success in life,” Faulkner said. “Without financial literacy, children lack the confidence and decision-making power which ultimately determines their financial future.”
Top right photo: Crystal Faulkner, co-founder of Accounting for Kids and partner at MCM CPAs & Advisors, explains how to play the board game Gear Up! during the 19th Annual Accounting for Kids Day.
Bottom left photo: Sally Gardner of Huntington Bank helps a group of sixth graders at Winton Hills Academy during the Accounting for Kids Day.