Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says he has learned through his teen-age sons and by talking to young students in elementary schools that there is real interest in money and finances at every age.
"The key is to provide information in an interesting way so we, as thought leaders, can instill good financial habits," said Lenoir, co-host of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission's Financial Literacy Summit for Teachers at the University of Memphis on Saturday (Nov. 16).
This weekend's event, which Lenoir is co-hosting with State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr., will be a reprise of a January effort in Memphis. It will be the latest in a series of summits being held in communities across Tennessee.
There is no cost to register. Each teacher who attend the Financial Literacy Summit at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. The more valuable takeaway, said Lillard, will be financial literacy lessons that teachers can use to teach to their students and apply to their own lives.
"Research suggests that children's minds are receptive to learning about financial literacy while they are very young," said Lillard. "When they are learning about financial literacy in school, it may also help remind their parents about the importance of developing and practicing those skills."
Participating teachers will receive a free financial literacy curriculum packet, valued at $65. Teachers may be eligible for professional education credits, if permitted by their school districts.