BATON ROUGE, LA – The week of May 8-12, 2000, has been designated as Economic Education Awareness Week in Louisiana, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

Kennedy, who is honorary chair of Economic Education Awareness Week, said students will receive instruction on the basics of economics and personal finance, as well as demonstrations on how economics impacts our daily lives.

This training is crucial for our students, who must be equipped to compete in a global economic community. I am proud to know that the state and its school districts are promoting this effort, said Kennedy.

Louisiana is only one of five states that requires student to take a separate economics course and be tested on economic concepts at elementary and secondary levels.

As part of the weeks activities, students in grades K-8 will participate in a statewide poster contest. The theme of the contest is Personal Money Choices. On Friday (May 12), winning contestants, along with their parents, teachers and principals, will be honored at a noon luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Baton Rouge. State Treasurer Kennedy will present the awards at that time.

Delia Taylor, Communications Director
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