Recently the Oak Harbor High School DECA program's financial literacy promotion project, which included high school students Austin Wiegand, Nathan Segaard and Samantha Durivage, partnered with two of Mrs. Krieger’s fifth grade mathematics classes at Oak Harbor Middle School. Krieger spearheaded the activity by registering her students into the Toledo Blade’s Stock Market Contest, sponsored and judged by Fifth Third Bank and the Toledo Blade.
Krieger and the DECA students instructed fifth graders on basic investment vocabulary, stock market basics and how the exchanges work. The students are learning how to analyze current events that affect the economy and investments. In addition, the fifth grade students are learning about career opportunities within the financial sector, ranging from financial planners to stockbrokers.
In the stock market contest the students are competing against 115 teams from across the area, grades five through twelve. Each team starts with a hypothetical $40,000 to invest in four stock picks from U.S. exchanges. The teams are trying to earn the most money they can from their start up money.
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