CSU-Pueblo students teach younger kids importance of financial literacy

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Alexandra Hyland was one of many Colorado State University-Pueblo students to go to South Park Elementary school in Pueblo on Thursday morning to teach students about money.

"It was really fun being in a classroom setting and putting what we learn in college to actual use and then bringing it down to a younger age it was a really fun experience," said Hyland.

More than 40 students from the Hasan School of Business volunteered with the Junior Achievement of southern Colorado (JA) to teach financial literacy lessons to students attending the school.

Lessons follow JA's curriculum and are grade specific.

"Our children are the future and I think it's good to see them from different perspectives," said Su Lan Mair who is a Junior at Centennial High School but taking classes at CSU-Pueblo. "So you see them from the high school level then you see them from the college level and some day even from the adult perspective."

Professor of Management Dr. Michael Wakefield teaches Principles of Management class at CSU-Pueblo.

He says it's important for his students to teach younger students about financial choices and learn that giving back by volunteering is also important.

"We talked a lot with the students about what you need to spend money on and what you want to spend your money on," said Hyland.

Some of the lessons at South Park Elementary included identifying needs and wants in life and how to better spend money.

"They look up to us and see us as a role model. It feels good to teach them about that," said CSU-Pueblo Student Diwash Guragain.