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State Treasurer talks finances with students

By Staff, 05/3/18 2:11 PM

PRESCOTT – State Treasurer Dennis Milligan was in Prescott Thursday afternoon, visiting with students and staff.

He also participated in the district’s financial planning class, a course required by the district for graduation. The students were given a true or false quiz, passing it with ease. Milligan told the students when he took office three years ago Arkansas was lagging behind in teaching financial literacy, but has since gone from having an F to a B in the area.

Financial literacy is now being taught in more than 115 schools in the state. He said the program provides students with real-life information and some of the youngsters are taking the lessons home to their parents. Financial literacy, he told them, follows us every day of our lives, as the decisions we make are either positive or negative and can affect a person’s finances.

“The lessons you learn here,” he said, “will follow you the rest of your life.” Milligan helped pass out certificates to the students who successfully completed the course.