The Prince George’s County school board hopes an investment made to improve eighth-graders’ financial literacy is worth the cost — about $331,000 a year, to be exact.
On Jan. 10, the board voted 8-1 to approve hosting a “Junior Achievement Finance Park,” a 14,000 square-foot building to be built on the campus of G. James Gholson Middle School in Landover.
Capitol One Bank would pay for the estimated $2.5 million building construction through its philanthropic program while the building would be owned by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, which would also provide the economics program, said school system spokesman Briant Coleman.
“One of the things we’re looking at is a larger investment in our students in terms of financial literacy, and we think this is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Alvin Crawley. “We think overall, this is a great investment for our eighth-graders to be able to participate.”
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