Treasurer Goldberg, Haverhill Bank Discuss HHS Pilot Program

Haverhill Bank staff Tess Parker, Janet Odenwelder, Ana Gonzalez and Matthew Martin counsel Haverhill High School students at the Credit for Life Fair in April.

Ceremony with Treasurer Deborah Goldberg at Haverhill High School.

Ceremony with Treasurer Deborah Goldberg at Haverhill High School.

While State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg was in Haverhill Tuesday for Hunking School groundbreaking ceremonies, she took time to join with students and teachers at Haverhill High School to discuss adding financial education to the curriculum.

“Our goal is for every student in Massachusetts to graduate high school with greater understanding of how the financial decisions they make today impact their lives in the future,” said Goldberg. “Schools in the pilot program like Haverhill High School are guiding us on best practices as we continue to expand this conversation across the state,” she said. Representative of Haverhill Bank, which recently sponsored a Credit for Life Fair at the school, participated.

In 2013, the treasurer’s office, in partnership with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, awarded state-funded grants to 11 high schools located in 10 Gateway City school districts to develop and pilot financial literacy programs. The initiative, established by the legislature in 2012, is a three-year pilot program to help school districts equip high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make sound personal finance decisions.

Haverhill High School, alongside its community partner, Haverhill Bank, is in its second year of the implementation of a $20,000 grant.

“This pilot project is a valuable opportunity for Haverhill High School students to learn how important it is to understand every day finances and how it will impact their lives on a daily basis. I hope this program can expand throughout schools across the commonwealth, said State Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives.”

“I commend Treasurer Goldberg’s commitment to Financial Literacy Programming in the commonwealth, it is important that we give our students the tools and the skills to make informed financial decisions,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey.  “I am happy to see the Treasurer joining Haverhill High school students and faculty to discuss these important issues.”

“I am truly delighted about Treasurer Goldberg’s visit to Haverhill and share her commitment to financial literacy education,” said Representative Diana Dizolgio. “This year, I have sponsored legislation to increase financial literacy programs in schools to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to become self-supporting. I will be fighting for this bill in the legislative session and look immensely forward to working with the Treasurer over the weeks and months come to advocate for financial literacy education in the Commonwealth.”

One thought on “Treasurer Goldberg, Haverhill Bank Discuss HHS Pilot Program

  1. “Our goal is for every student in Massachusetts to graduate high school with greater understanding of how the financial decisions they make today impact their lives in the future,” said Goldberg –

    I’m positive issues like deficit spending bonds, “mature” pension plans like Haverhill has, and the results higher taxation during an era of income destruction would be top issues for The Treasurer. Nothing like propagating one of the worst states in the country for income disparity and soaring poverty than in Massachusetts.

    “Financial literacy” in Massachusetts? How can we teach our youth about financial prudence when those who govern them are hypocrites?