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Treasurer Stenberg Urges Legislators, Educators to Make Financial Education Mandatory in Nebraska Schools
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today called on state lawmakers and education officials to make financial literacy a required course for high school graduation in Nebraska.
“Financial literacy knowledge is something every high school graduate needs and will use throughout his or her lifetime,” Stenberg said in remarks prepared for delivery at a news conference, hosted by the Nebraska Bankers Association, at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.
“Those who lack this knowledge, in many cases, will struggle with financial difficulties throughout their lives. This is why I strongly support requiring that every Nebraska high school student be required to complete a course in financial literacy as a requirement for graduation,” Stenberg said.
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Stenberg was included in a panel of speakers who addressed the state of economic education in Nebraska K-12 schools during the news conference. Others on the panel were Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln; Richard Baier, president of the Nebraska Bankers Association; Jennifer Davidson, president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education; and Sydney Kobza, Career Field Specialist, Business, Marketing and Management, Nebraska Department of Education.
Since 2013, more than 36,000 students in high schools and middle schools across Nebraska have participated in the Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars program sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529), said Stenberg. The program offers online courses for high school students and middle school students in Nebraska at no charge to the students, the schools, or the taxpayers. Stenberg is Trustee of NEST, Nebraska’s state-sponsored, tax-advantaged college savings program.
“These programs have been very successful,” Stenberg said. “While I have been pleased with the success of our Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars program, I believe the State of Nebraska needs to do more.”
The average knowledge gain for students using the high school course was 63 percent in 2016-17, the latest year for which complete statistics are available. In the subject areas of investing and financing higher education, the average knowledge gain was 88 percent based on pre- and post-testing, Stenberg said.
He said the number of schools using the Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars also has shown steady growth. This school year, 114 high schools offered the online program, reaching 8,672 students. In 2013-14, the first school year of the program in Nebraska, a total of 81 schools offered the course and 2,200 students took part.
A total of 102 elementary and middle schools in Nebraska offered Vault-Understanding Money course this school year, the second year the course has been offered. A total of 4,374 students took part in the course.
Both courses were developed by EverFi Inc., an educational technology company in Washington, D.C.
Stenberg said his interest in providing financial literacy education to Nebraska schools began in 2012, a year after he was elected to office.
“I was concerned that nationwide studies showed a lack of financial literacy among adults, college students and high school students. In fact, part of the cause of the 2008 financial crisis can be traced to people borrowing more money for houses than they could afford to repay. Also in 2012, as Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, I was looking for ways to increase awareness of our state-sponsored, tax-advantaged college savings program,” he said.
Contact information for Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars can be found at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/financial-literacy/.
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St. John the Baptist School and Plattsmouth Recreation Department Team Up to Host Sand Volleyball Tournament
St. John the Baptist Catholic School and the Plattsmouth Recreation Department will host a Sand Volleyball Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 at Twin River Park/Plattsmouth Community Center. The tournament begins at 10 a.m., with team check-in at 9:30 a.m.
The fundraiser will include a chance to win team prizes including a $200 gift card to DJ’s Dugout for first place and a $100 gift card to DJs Dugout for second place. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
Teams have until Tuesday, May 15 to register for the tournament. The cost to enter a team is $50. A minimum of six players is needed for a team. Those interested in attending can register online via eventbrite.com or by contacting event organizer, Andy Hanneman, at 402.570.2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tournament is open to everyone and there is no admission to attend. The Knights of Columbus will have hotdogs, water and soda available to purchase during the tournament.
Community sponsors include Plattsmouth Recreation Department, Plattsmouth Community Center, Twin Rivers Water Park, Kerns Excavating Co. and DJ’s Dugout.
ORIGINAL SONGS CONCERT
On Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 PM, multi-instrumentalists Greenblatt & Seay will be performing a selection of original songs from their vast collection of hundreds of zany tunes that they have created together. This talented duo provides rich vocal harmonies, and will play a variety of instruments, including 5-string viola, fiddle, guitar, nyckelharpa, harmonica, banjo,, etc.
The family-friendly concert will be downstairs, followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with Greenblatt & Seay.
Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them email@example.com.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment. To keep informed about future concerts and workshops in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, you can sign up for the mailing list athttp://greenblattandseay.com.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2, 2018
Cass County, NE residents may bring any electronics and small appliances for recycling or refurbishing to Elmwood NE from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.
Cross Electronics Recycling will be asisting KCCB with the event which is open to all Cass County residents.
Materials accepted include computers, monitors, televisions, printers, key boards and mice, cell phones, small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, power tools and anything with a cord or battery. Large appliances and metals will be collected by a local recycler.
KCCCB WILL PAY HALF OF THE RECYCLING FEE OF ONE ITEM PER HOUSEHOLD, UP TO A TOTAL OF $500 FOR THE COLLECTION.
The following will have a recycling disposal fee:
alkaline batteries, $1.50/pound
microwave ovens, $20
televisions and CRT items, $20 up to 20-inch, $30 up to 30-n, $40 up to 40-inch, $50 up to 50-inch and so forth.
All other items will be accepted at no cost.
The collections are open to Cass County residents only. NO commercial quantities.
This event is made possible by Cass County, the Village of Elmwood, Cross Electronic Recycling and KCCB.
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates Production Dates:
The Miracle Worker - June 1-10
OLIVER! - June 3, 4 & 5. July 21-Aug 5
Hilda's Yard - July 30 & 31, Sept. 7-16
Guys On Ice - Sept. 10 & 11, Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers - Oct. 22 & 23, Dec. 1-16
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:
"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument!
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn.
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association.
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent.
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."
If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE NEBRASKA MASONIC HOME
Our Assisted Living/Nursing Care Facility
seeks caring, devoted individuals.
We have competitive wages, excellent benefits
& a superior working environment.
PT/FT Activity Assistant, M-F 9-5, Some Saturdays
Summer Only Lawn Workers, M-F 8-4:30
FT CNA’s, 2 pm – 10 pm
Weekends Only CNA’s, All Shifts
FREE medical, dental & vision coverage
for Full Time employees.
We also offer PayFlex; 401K Plan; &
Apply in person at 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
or call (402) 296-7330 for more information.
www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for an application – then hand deliver or mail.
Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks.
Sunday, May 13, 2:30 PM, Schoolhouse Performance Series, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, NE
Saturday, May 19, 2 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk, NE
Wednesday, May 30, 1:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kimball Public Library, Kimball, NE
Friday, June 1, 6 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Fairbury Public Library, Fairbury, NE
Monday, June 4, 11 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Grant County Library, Hyannis, NE
Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Beginners”.
Sunday, June 17, 2:30 PM, David, in “Train Songs”, Kearney Archway, Kearney, NE
Tuesday, June 19, 10:15 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE
Sunday, June 24, 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, Scandinavian Festival, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE
Tuesday, June 26, 2 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kilgore Memorial Library, York, NE
Wednesday, June 27, 3 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Geneva Public Library, Geneva, NE
Friday, June 29, 6:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Gretna Public Library, Gretna, NE
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Intermediate and Advanced” players.
For more information, and to register for any camps or workshops, send an e-mail to Debby email@example.com.
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Plattsmouth’s Adult Education Program, including Adult Education, GED, and English Language classes, have a spacious new home in the First Presbyterian Church CE Building at 701 Chicago Avenue, Plattsmouth. The CE Building is the smaller of the Church’s two buildings.
“We have two large and comfortable rooms for classes this school year. We feel very happy to have room to move around easily and keep learning materials where students can readily use them. We have additional student-use computers as well,” said Program Director Tallie VanWesten. “We are grateful for this excellent new space and the First Presbyterian Church’s welcome.”
Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each week. Orientation for the morning class will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Evening class orientation begins from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a good time to complete the required paperwork, set up your computer-study accounts, and share your learning goals. Teachers will be available to answer questions during orientation. New students and returning students should attend orientation. Get your school year off to an excellent start at orientation.
Morning and evening classes at the same times listed above.
For more information about Adult Education, polishing your math, language, science and social studies skills; GED classes and testing; and English language classes; call Program Director Tallie Van Westen at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315.
Classes are free. Everyone is welcome. Start your adult education classes in our new location. Now is the time!
ARE YOU 55+
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?
The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.
Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify.
Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour.
We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc.
The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.
Stephanie MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: firstname.lastname@example.orgNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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