Indiana kids learning money skills through comic books


LITERACY VIA COMIC BOOKS. INDIANA’S SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE IS TEAMING UP WITH SOME COMIC BOOK STORES TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT MONEY. STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF DAVID WILLIAMS TAKES US INSIDE THE WORLD OF THE AVENGERS. *REPORTIN*) LIKE A LOT OF CHILDREN HIS AGE, 12 YEAR OLD DAGIM HUNTINGTON GETS A KICK OUT OF COMICS. ((DAGIM HUNTINGTON/12: 23:23 “THEY TEACH YOU TO BE CREATIVE, TO THINK IN ANOTHER WAY.”)) THIS ONE’S A CUSTOM FIRST- EDITION “AVENGERS SAVING THE DAY” COMIC ABOUT FINANCIAL LITERACY. AND IT’S DAD-APPROVED. ((CHRIS HUNTINGTON/DAGIM’S FATHER:@ 23 “IT’S A GOOD IDEA. ANYTHING TO GET A KID THINKING ABOUT THE PRACTICALITIES. IT’S HARD TODAY. YOU WANT A KID TO FEEL HE’S EARNING MONEY AND HOW TO WORK HARD. BUT ALSO HOW TO BUDGET AND SAVE FOR THE FUTURE.”)) CREATED BY VISA AND MARVEL, THE INDIANA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE IS WORKING WITH DOWNTOWN COMICS AND LOCAL COMIC BOOK STORES TO PRESENT THE BOOKS. ((KELLY GRIESE/INDIANA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE: 1:20 “THE COMIC BOOK FOLLOWS THE AVENGERS AS THEY TRY TO STOP A BANK ROBBERY. IT’S ALL ABOUT HOW THEY DISCUSS MONEY AND HOW BANKS WORK THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM.”)) THESE PAGES ARE GEARED TOWARD KIDS IN GRADES 2-7. INSIDE, CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT BUDGETING, CREDIT CARDS, DEBIT CARDS, AND FINANCE TERMS. ((KELLY GRIESE/INDIANA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE/ 56: “SECRETARY LAWSON IS REALLY COMMITTED TO IMPROVING FINANCIAL FITNESS, ESPECIALLY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE. WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REACH THEM ON THEIR LEVEL.”)) SO THEY UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN SUPERHEROES NEED TO BUDGET THEIR MONEY! ((KELLY GRIESE/INDIANA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE/ 4:13 “IN THE COMIC, BLACK WIDOW TALKS ABOUT HOW SHE DIVIDES UP HER BUDGET BETWEEN BUYING WEAPONS, BUYING MAKEUP THAT LOOKS LIKE WEAPONS AND ALL KINDS OF OTHER THINGS. IT’S REALLY HILARIOUS!”:)) ((MICHAEL COSTELLO/OWNER, DOWNTOWN COMICS 2:53 “I HOPE THIS GIVES THEM THE DOORWAY TO START LEARNING ABOUT A VERY COMPLEX SUBJECT IN A WAY THAT CAN RELATE TO THEM.”:)) DAGIM’S EYES LIT UP WHEN WE GAVE HIM A COPY ((DAGIM HUNTINGTON/ 53:14 “IT’S NOT A BAD IDEA. I DON’T THINK SCHOOL REALLY TEACHES THIS. I DON’T KNOW.”: )) ((DAVID WILLIAMS @DWILLIAMSTV/ 52 “YOU CAN REQUEST ONE OF THESE COMIC BOOKS FROM ANYWHERE IN THE STATE. I’LL PUT A PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS FOR YOU ON WISH TV DOT COM. I9N DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, I’M DAVID WILLIAMS, WISH TV NEWS EIGHT.”:))

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