Village School Wins Award

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The Village School has again been named a W!SE Blue Star School for the 2014–15 academic year, having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. This marks the seventh time that Village School has earned this award, which will be presented in November.

Village School met the award requirements by having a majority of students on a given grade level who took the test and achieved a score of 75 or better.

David Anderson, W!SE executive vice president, said of the Village School, “We are proud of your students’ accomplishment and of your teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate. You have given your students vital knowledge about their personal finances and provided them with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.”

The Certification Test, designed by W!SE (Working in Support of Education) on behalf of the New York Financial Literacy Coalition, reflects the New York State Education Department’s economic curriculum on finance. It evaluates students’ knowledge of banking, savings, investing, credit, insurance and money management, and also gauges their ability to manage their own finances.

The W!SE program, developed in 2003 in seven high schools in Queens and the Bronx, has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including receiving the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.

The New York Financial Literacy Coalition works with nonprofit organizations, financial service firms, teachers, school administrators and parents.

—Submitted by the Great Neck Public Schools

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