SAISD goes virtual to give lifelong lessons in personal financial literacy

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SAISD goes virtual to give lifelong lessons in personal financial literacy

Ceremony will honor students who completed Capital One Financial Scholars Program

Who:    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro
              SAISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez
              Capital One Bank Texas State President Kent Eastman

    The San Antonio Independent School District, Capital One Bank and EverFi, Inc. are honoring 400 students at Brackenridge High School for earning a certificate of financial literacy in the Capital One Financial Scholars Program -- which teaches students how to manage their personal finances, take control of their financial future and become smart consumers and investors.The students completed the course through EverFi’s innovative Web-based program that immerses students in the technology they love – digital gaming, avatars and other highly-interactive learning –  all toward the goal of learning valuable long-term lessons in personal financial literacy.SAISD students are among more than 5,700 students in 22 San Antonio-area high schools who have participated in the online program so far this year. Capital One Bank has partnered with EverFi Inc., the national’s leading education technology company, to make the program available at no cost to participating high schools.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

                 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The event will begin with students providing a live demonstration of how the online program works, followed by remarks, and then the awarding of certificates to students. Officials, teachers and students will be available for interviews.

Where:    Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland Drive

In the approximately six-hour on-line course, activities included students immersing themselves in a game-like virtual world where they studied credit card offers to give advice to a 3D character and then sifted through his trash to determine which pieces contained information that could put his identity at risk.  The students also customized avatars to walk through a Game of Life, where they encountered practical scenarios they likely will face in real life one day, and participated in a number of other highly interactive activities, all toward the goal of learning valuable long-term lessons in personal financial literacy.Guest speakers will discuss the importance of financial education to high school students, how this education initiative is transforming learning in the classroom and the value of public-private partnerships in making it all happen.

About Capital One:

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in Texas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in its commitment to its communities across the country that the company does in its business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all, and Capital One is proud to support this and other community initiatives.

About EverFi, Inc.:

EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company to teach, assess and certify students in critical skills.  EverFi’s education learning platforms include Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, Cyberbullying and Alcohol Abuse Awareness. The company uses the latest technology, including rich media, high-definition video, simulation, diagrams, and avatars. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools.

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