LOWELL -- Two Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union members were chosen as finalists in the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s recent 29th annual Massachusetts Student Essay Contest.
Kendra Patel, an incoming eighth-grader at Lowell Catholic Elementary School, and Justin Hardy, an incoming eighth-grader at Saint Michael School in North Andover, were among eight seventh- and eighth-grade students recognized for their essays. More than 700 students submitted an essay that explained why they think schools should add financial literacy as a core curriculum and how doing so would benefit society as a whole.
The grand-prize winner and seven finalists were honored at a recent awards ceremony in Marlboro. Kendra and Justin had an opportunity to read their essays to the ceremony attendees.
“There are plenty of reasons schools should offer financial literacy,” Kendra wrote. “Students who learn this become adults who are more likely to live independently, make informed decisions about their money and won’t have to depend on others.”
Justin wrote: “Students would graduate high school having an understanding of how to properly manage their financial responsibilities. Financial literacy classes would help them stay out of debt and help them save for their future.”
“We are very proud of Kendra and Justin for recognizing how important financial literacy is to young students and how it can greatly impact our society,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “Providing extensive financial education opportunities to our community is an important part of our mission. It is great to see how the younger generations truly see the value of this.”
Kendra and Justin each received a certificate of achievement and a $250 cash prize.