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What’s better than a trip to Young AmeriTowne? A trip that includes a special visit from the top elected official in Colorado: Governor Jared Polis!
Fifth grade students from Cherry Drive Elementary were thrilled to host Governor Polis in Young AmeriTowne on April 23 to celebrate Financial Literacy Month. Governor Polis joined Department of Regulatory Agencies (or DORA) Executive Director Patty Salazar and Young Americans Center for Financial Education President and CEO Rich Martinez in welcoming the students to Towne.
Prior to the Towne’s Opening Ceremonies, Ms. Salazar and Governor Polis challenged the students to practice financial responsibility. During their day to run Young AmeriTowne, students receive their own paycheck in so they can budget their money and record purchases in their checkbook register. “These are the kinds of lessons you’ll need to know someday,” said Governor Polis.
The teachers and principal from Cherry Drive Elementary, which has participated in AmeriTowne for more than a decade, whole-heartedly agreed. “This program brings standards to life,” remarked Principal Tina Hepp. Nodding, Teacher Kim Carreon agreed. “The kids learn a ton, and they love it,” she said. Teacher Nicole Lecumberry added, “What I appreciate is the level of engagement from the students. Whenever I say that we’re working on AmeriTowne, the kids can’t wait to get out their workbooks.”
Across Towne at the Snack Shop, 10-year-old Mckenzie sipped lemonade with a huge smile on her face. “I feel happy because we have an opportunity to come here and not just sit at school. Plus, we got to meet someone that not many people get to meet,” she said, referring to Governor Polis.