On November 13th, the Ohio Society of CPAs sponsored their annual FETCH® program, which stands for “Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits ®.” Fetch is a financial literacy program teaching area fifth and sixth graders about money management, by buying and spending money on their dog.
Fran and Chris, who instructed a 5th grade class at Redeemer, used the game board and the check register (as shown above), to teach the students how to budget, save, and earn money to buy assets such as a collar, leash, food, and bones for their dog.
The students were divided into teams, with each team given the responsibility of keeping track of their finances using their math skills to balance their check register. The students learned life lessons in taking care of a pet and the expenses that come with this responsibility and the consequences if they do not have enough money saved to buy the necessities for their pets.
At the end of the game the teams who had the most savings and had acquired the most assets were the winners. Team “Akron Aces” were the victors for Redeemer.
The FETCH® program is also is also sponsored by the Ohio CPA Foundation, which drives awareness for CPA careers and builds financial healthy communities.