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Media Coverage of Bellaire High School’s Win at the National Economics Challenge

Steve Liesman, CNBC's Senior Economics Reporter, emceed the Council for Economic Education's National Economics Challenge championship rounds in NYC. The Challenge was aired on CNBC.com, CNBC's Power LunchSquawk Boxand was featured on PBS's Nightly Business Report. 
Here are highlights from the coverage:


PBS's Nightly Business Report highlighted the Challenge and winning teams. View Video >>>

CNBC.com and MSN.com: Winners of the National Economics Challenge. View Video >>>

Huffington Post and Yahoo! Finance shared the National Economics Challenge Finals, Adam Smith Division, Round 2. View Video >>>

CNBC traveled to Carmel, Indiana to meet the Carmel High School Team. The segment showcased how the students' prepped for the competition and what it means to be a part of the Challenge. Read the Article and View the Video >>>

Local 6th graders get money advice from Congressman Bill Flores

Stocks, bonds and mutual funds - some middle schoolers in College Station were all ears Monday morning as Congressman Bill Flores stopped by to give them some money advice.

They're currently in a competition, and that advice will come in handy.

There are 3,000 classrooms across the country taking part in this year's Capitol Hill Challenge, including one at Oakwood Intermediate in College Station. It's a stock market game, which is aimed at teaching kids what they need to know about managing money and investing wisely. Representative Flores is actually sponsoring the group from Oakwood.

Link to the complete story and video at KTBX

PlainsCapital Bank Renews $25,000 TCEE Grant Supporting Financial Literacy in Schools

DALLAS, Texas (Mar. 10, 2016) – Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank has renewed a $25,000 grant to the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) to support a financial literacy program for Texas middle school students. The grant ensures that the program, developed by TCEE in 2012 and funded by PlainsCapital, will continue to be available to teachers and schools throughout the state. The program covers topics such as saving, budgeting, credit and financial responsibility.

plainscapitalbank“Kids need to learn important money lessons early,” said Pete Villarreal, chief administrative officer for PlainsCapital Bank. “This program helps teach practical life skills – how to open a bank account and balance a checkbook, how to save money to reach goals, how credit cards work, and if you borrow money, how much you need to earn to pay it back. Exposure is key. The earlier we can instill good financial habits in kids, the better the outcome.”

Villarreal said PlainsCapital Bank’s commitment to improving financial literacy in Texas was the driver in partnering with TCEE four years ago to develop a program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that incorporated financial literacy education with math and social studies curriculums.

“We’re building a foundation here,” said Laura Ewing, president and CEO of TCEE. “Students need to learn the principles of personal finance well before high school, and they need to be armed with a basic understanding of money management before being sent out into the world to earn a living. These classes make a difference.” Read More

Free w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program to the first 30 Schools to Register

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