I'm getting on board with HC at One Big Mortar Board and pfblogs.org to promote a program with DonorsChoose.org challenging personal finance bloggers to (financially) support financial literacy in classrooms (thanks to Single Ma for sending me the info on the challenge).
I remember in elementary school when we had paper cut outs of American coins to teach us how to count money an add and subtract numbers. In middle school when we had a lesson on the proper way to write out a check.
Unlike many other things I learned in school through the years, those are two lessons I actually still use! But it wasn't until years later, and I was saddled with a mountain of debt, that I realized that counting nickels and dimes and filling out a check are one thing, managing your finances, especially early in life, is something else entirely! Why didn't we have a class on that?
So, it seems this is just what these organizations are trying to do. The challenge is to donate money to fund these programs.
HC just posted an update about how all the money from pf bloggers has fully funded five projects and two more are in the works. He's also offering a prize to bloggers who contribute, so check out his post.
Click on the widget on the left side of the blog for more information about the challenge.