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Students learn valuable financial lessons

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Some 7th graders at Tyrone Middle School are becoming stock market aficionados. Jacob Marchand and his classmates at Tyrone are taking a class called Florida Stock Market Challenge.

"Stocks are a good way to make money through the years," Jacob said.

Student Dean Pent agrees.

"Mr. Warren is teaching us how to so when we grow up we can invest in them when we are old enough to," Dean said.

It's put on by their teachers and the Florida Council on Economic Education, and the kids are hooked.

"Economically, if they are more self- sufficient, if they are saving their money, they're all going to be better off," said Teacher Rupert Warren.

That's the way Hailey Simmons likes to look at it. She likes the idea of investing money, and making money. She's even going to teach her parents a thing or two about stocks.

"I really feel like this will help with everybody. Everybody can take a look at it and say oh why don't I give this a try and see what I can do with it," Hailey said.

The Florida Council on Economic Education has started this program in schools all over the state. Their belief is that it will teach kids to better handle their personal finances as they grow up.

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