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Karschnia selected for award

Valley Crossing Community School teacher Jean Karschnia was selected to receive the Minnesota Council on Economic Education "Thrivent Financial Foundation Personal Finance Educator Award."

Karschnia will be honored Oct. 29 at the Council's annual EconFest celebration at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. The award is given in recognition of educators "who are increasing student understanding of personal finance through original learning activities at the elementary and secondary levels." Fifty-five entries were submitted. The winning entries were selected based on innovation of approach, emphasis on personal finance concepts, ease of replication, and assessment of student learning.

Karschnia combined economics with children's literature for her fourth through sixth graders at Valley Crossing Community School using the book Uncle Jed's Barbershop, by Margaree King. According to information provided by the council, Karschnia's lesson helps students identify their own financial goals and create action plans to achieve those goals and also helps students understand the importance of saving money in order to reach financial goals.

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education is a 47-year-old partnership of business, labor and education dedicated to improving economic and personal finance understanding and preparing K-12 students to participate in a complex, global economy.