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New high-tech classroom aids financial literacy

New high-tech classroom aids financial literacy
(Stock image , Carroll County Times)

New technology at Randallstown High School will help students to better understand the world of high finance with real world stock market interaction.

On June 1, Randallstown High School is to unveil its new stock exchange classroom.

The stock exchange classroom will be the first of its kind in Baltimore County Public Schools and only the fourth in the nation, according to school system officials.

The room will feature a television, data board, and stock ticker board.

Students in Randallstown's Academy of Finance and other financial literacy, planning, and business classes, will be able to use the information in classroom lessons.

"This has been two years in the making," the school's Business Education and Family Studies chairwoma Patricia France said.

According to France, taking a financial literacy class is now a requirement in Maryland schools.

The Academy of Finance program provides financial literacy education as well as other opportunities for job shadowing, internships, and career mentors.

France and Academy of Finance director Eric Grooms came up with the idea to build the classroom at Randallstown High.

The boards will display the latest and most up to date stock prices and market index statuses.

On the television, students will be able to watch investment and other financial programs on news stations including CNBC and CNN.

France stressed the importance of students learning how to invest, especially during and after college.

"Many students come out with debt," she said.

They'll learn about investing and how to read stock quotes.

"They really need to know how to manage their money," France added.

The stock exchange classroom is to be fully up and running for next school year, but students now are able to see stock quotes on the ticker board.

Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road, is hosting an open house on Friday, June 1, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., to unveil the new stock exchange classroom to parents and community members.

For more information, call 410-887-0748.

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