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Gov. Haley, Private Businesses Step Up to Teach Public School Students Critical Life Skills

Press Release

Location: Colombia, SC

Governor Nikki Haley today announced a partnership with EverFi, BB&T and the South Carolina Bankers Association to offer students in South Carolina the opportunity to learn how to make sound personal financial decisions. The announcement was made at Airport High School where students are participating in EverFi's financial literary course made possible at no cost to the taxpayers by BB&T and the S.C. Bankers Association.

Gov. Haley said, "The best part of what we're talking about today is that when you're in a budget year that's tough, you go to your business partners and the private sector to help you. This is a private sector solution for our education system that is not costing the taxpayer one dollar but is saving these kids from having to learn lessons later on that could be hurtful."

Video of Gov. Haley's visit to the high school is available here.

The governor was joined at Airport High School by BB&T South Carolina President Mike Brenan, EverFi CEO Tom Davidson, representatives from the South Carolina Bankers Association and officials from Lexington County School District 2.

Gov. Haley said, "We have a great cooperative effort with Everfi, the South Carolina Bankers Association and BB&T. They have come together along with the governor's office to say that one way we can move South Carolina forward is to teach our children life skills. Students need to know what a credit score is, how to use a check book or credit card responsibly, how they are going to pay for college and they need to understand what the ramifications of all of those things are. But we have to do it in a way that is fun. I have two children, and I know that you can give them a book, but if you sit them in front of a computer, they soak it up. So what has been done is to come up with a great product that will allow kids to learn life skills that will take them long past any text book and really teach them how to be productive citizens."

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