Symmetry Goes Back to School to Play FETCH!
Out of the mouth of a 5th grader: “For a school game, FETCH! was kind of fun. We played a game and learned at the same time. It’s definitely better than just listening to you and taking a test!” Kids really do say the darnedest things, don’t they?
On Tuesday, November 18th, Symmetry had the privilege of going back to school to play games with 5th graders. We had such a great time with the students who–despite their seemingly less than enthusiastic feedback afterwards–were a total blast. If the noise level in the classroom was a gauge, the game was a resounding success!
The game: FETCH!, which stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits®. The goal: Be the team with the most money in the bank and the most inventory on the shelf. The objective: Teach children important money management skills so they grow into adults who make smart financial decisions. FETCH! is a fun, interactive board game that teaches children in 5th and 6th grade about the importance of budgeting, saving and spending. Students form competitive teams for an adventure through a dog park where they must purchase items for their dog and save as much money as possible, while encountering a mixture of risks and rewards along the way. Students strategize and use math skills to purchase basic necessities for their pet. Along the way, they try to avoid fines, such as paying the dog catcher, and save money for future expenses, like annual vaccinations.
The game and program fills a real community need and Symmetry is committed to helping people learn how to manage their money wisely. Results of the 2013 Junior Achievement/Allstate Foundation “Teens and Personal Finance” Survey indicate that the majority of teens (76 percent) say that the best time to learn about money management is in kindergarten through high school, but only 29 percent reported programs currently in place. Can you believe the same study found that the U.S. ranked 27th out of 28 countries on the perceived ability of teens and young adults to manage their own money? That’s truly shocking and unbelievable!
FETCH! was created in 2010 by The Ohio CPA Foundation and The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) with guidance from elementary teachers and a curriculum developer. The program is offered free to schools throughout Ohio. In its first four years of operation, FETCH! has reached about 46,000 Ohio children with the help of nearly 5,400 volunteers. We have been honored to participate in this program for the first time and look forward to making this an annual event! What more fun could there be than to bring a bit of our passion for fiscal responsibility to our future leaders?
I want to give a huge shout out and sincere thank you to Symmetry’s volunteer team members: Jacqueline Hazen of Symmetry and Cory Allen of Horizon Wealth Management. The game would have been a bust without you both. You brought such energy and enthusiasm to the whole experience and I was honored to be on the team with you both.
I can’t wait to go back to school again!
-Teresa M. Fox