Students Learn About Smart Money Straight from the Expert

Students from Northview High School East Campus got some financial wisdom from Dave Ramsey at DeVos Performance Hall

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 a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press 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. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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