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HSFPP Stories of Impact

“Taking it Home” Leads a Family to a New Home

HSFPP Stories of Impact

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By Brooke Martinez, Business Teacher, Salt Lake City, Utah

I work at an alternative high school. We very rarely have parents come to parent-teacher conferences. One night during a parent-teacher conference, I had a student bring her mom and that is when I found out she was going home each night and going through the financial lessons with her mom. Together they had gotten rid of all the mom’s debt and were saving for a new home. Two years later the student and her mom came to another parent-teacher conference, even though I no longer had that student in my class, just so they could tell me that they purchased a condo and were putting all their extra money towards that purchase now that they no longer had debt. They are on track to have it paid in full in less than 10 years. That's when I knew a student "got" the HSFPP financial education lesson I was teaching because she was implementing it in her home. This is THE most important class kids can take, especially my kids. That story inspired me to make it my mission this summer to create parent newsletters and get more involved with the parents of my students.