Milton Hershey School Partners with Members 1st Federal Credit Union for Project-Based Learning Opportunity
A group of MHS sophomores created projects centered around financial literacy.
Milton Hershey School students recently learned about financial literacy through a project-based learning activity in the school’s Legacy to Lead course. The class is designed to help sophomores develop a deeper understanding of the school’s founders, Milton and Catherine Hershey, and become successful public speakers.
“Regardless of where students go after MHS, they’re all going to be dealing with money—no matter if they go to college, the world of work, the military, or a technical school,” explained Tom Redfern, an MHS social studies teacher who leads the Legacy to Lead course. “They have to be literate in terms of their ability to manage money.”
Through a project-based learning activity, students were tasked with creating a two or three-minute public service announcement about a topic related to financial literacy such as the importance of credit scores, how to apply for a loan, how to open a bank account, and how to avoid going into debt. Students shared their videos for other MHS students who want to learn how to properly manage money.
“The interpersonal skills of working with members of their group, in addition to the financial literacy component, makes this an authentic assignment,” said Redfern. “The skills they are fostering through this project will help them in a variety of professions in the future.”
Milton Hershey School partnered with Members 1st Federal Credit Union to help students learn about the banking community and collaborate with professionals as they created the videos. Members 1st staff were invited to listen to students’ presentations and provide constructive feedback.
“We’re seeing an increase in financial literacy as students learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls of never-ending cycles of debt,” added Redfern. “Our goal is for students to graduate from MHS and be capable of leading independent and productive lives where they build financial wealth.”
Milton Hershey School forms relationships with businesses and organizations in the community to provide project-based learning opportunities that allow students to see the real-world implications of their academic lessons.
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