UNION — You’re never too young to learn about the realities of money and that’s what a summer program plans to teach children in the fourth through the eighth grades.
Impressions Outreach will host a “Summer Skills Camp” 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. five days a week from June 6 through July 29.
Director Lakesha McKissick said that the goal of the camp will be to provide the children attending with an understanding of money, how it should be handled, and dealing with the costs of everyday life.
“We want to teach the kids about working money, about balancing their checkbooks, and thinking about money and what it involves,” McKissick said. “We will go in to a grocery store and do a walk-thru at a cash register to let them know what food costs. We’ll also be comparing the costs of shopping for groceries versus eating out.”
McKissick said the camp will use Monopoly money to help the children understand the cost of things.
Another subject the camp will address is credit scores and their importance.
“We’re even going to introduce them to credit scores,” she said. “Most kids don’t know about credit scores until they’re grown. Then they try to buy something like a home and find their score is too low. This will show them where they get their credit score and how important it is.”
At the end of the camp, the children participating will have to show they can balance a checkbook and will also have to write an essay. The camp will be divided into one class for children in the fourth and fifth grades and one for those in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. McKissick said that the student who does the best in each class will receive a $100 scholarship.
In addition to their field activities, each class will also have classroom time at Impressions Outreach, 314C N. Duncan Bypass, Union, including reading and math, morning devotions, and making entries in their daily journals.
There are 15 slots for the Summer Skills Camp and persons interested in enrolling their children should call Lakesha McKissick at 864-466-7418.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.