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Students Learn About Smart Money Straight from the Expert

To talk about wise use of finances in a classroom may be helpful, but there’s nothing like hearing it directly from a national expert. That was the feeling of many students at Northview High School East Campus after attending a presentation by widely admired money guru Dave Ramsey.

So said Derek Schmidt, who along with Jack Retherford teaches a personal finance course using Ramsey materials. Thanks to a grant from the Northview Education Foundation, they were able to take 25 personal-finance and economics students to Ramsey’s “Smart Money Tour” at DeVos Performance Hall recently.

Ramsey’s messages about how to pay for college, setting up an emergency fund and drawing up a budget sheet hit home with students and reinforced classroom lessons, Schmidt said.

“It was really a great event,” Schmidt said. “I saw a lot of kids talking about things like saving money, and ‘What am I going to do when I turn 18?’”

“It was really a great feeling, for both of us, to give the students a chance to benefit from things that maybe you and I know but nobody told us about.”

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers series and issues stories for all districts. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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