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Westside Bid Accepted; Old Bus Barn Bid Rejected
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accepted, ensuring the land will not be owned by the school the request for a fundraiser for the CHS basketball cheerlead- tion to approve the sanctioning of the Sideline Spirit Club as
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DW(DVW&KHURNHH practice at the Event Center. Swalley seconded the motion. declining in students and that a good part of that loss is trans-
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Several Newkirk students are learning financial literacy and independence through the Teen
Financial Fitness program, held each Thursday at the Newkirk Public Library. The program
runs through Oct. 18. (Photo by EVERETT BRAZIL III/The Newkirk Herald Journal)

Teens learn money management success
through financial literacy program
By Carol Wright with Epic Charter School, a sometimes connect more than
Courier Traveler Correspondent free Pre-K-12th grade public what parents tell their kids.
school provided in partner- One teen was unaware of the
If money grew on trees, most ship with the Oklahoma State process involved in setting up a
people wouldn’t need to fuss Board of Virtual Education for checking account.
over financial matters. But the parents and students seeking “We had a teen come in and
truth is, money management is a non-traditional educational ask questions about why they
necessary and really should be setting using Internet-based, needed an account and how to
taught early in life. This is what individualized self-paced in- set up an account,” Overman
a group of Newkirk High School struction. Two predominant said. “We discussed if they got a
students have been learning, Epic Charter Schools are located bank card we encouraged them
based on a Teen Financial Fit- in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, to keep track of what is deposit-
ness program offered through and there are others in different ed and what they take out.”
the Newkirk Public Library. parts of the state. Students learn A huge dilemma for many
The free program of which 10 via the Internet and can meet young people and adults, too,
students are enrolled, is spon- one-on-one with the teacher boils down to needs and wants.
sored by the State of Oklahoma often in a library. Free 24-hour Overman said she thinks
Friends of the Library Associa- homework help is available for this program will benefit the
tion. All materials, books and certain age groups. students and hopes there might
notebooks have been provided “Angela does enrichment be a financial program for adults
for the instructor and students with her students as well as in the spring provided there is
participating in the six-week help them through the more enough funding from the Okla-
sessions which began Sept. 13 challenging problems that the homa Friends of the Libraries.
and will end Oct. 18. computer program informs her ”I am asking patrons if they
Students meet from 6 to 7 about from their daily work,” would be interested in partici-
p.m. each Thursday at the li- Overman explained. “Angela is pating in an adult program, so
brary while instructor, Angela following a ‘Power Point’ and I have hopes that there will be
Kahle-Mendoza, who lives east Leader’s Guide that is sponsored one for them,” she said.
of Newkirk, leads the class in by the Friends of Libraries Those wanting more infor-
various exercises. Through in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma mation regarding the free fi-
her encouragement and lesson Department of Libraries, the nancial fitness programs for
plans, the students check out the American Library Association teens may contact Overman
books and ask questions about and ‘Smart Investing at Your at (580) 362-3934, or go to fi-
subjects they are reading, such Library.’” nancial-fitness.oklibraries.org/
as, investments, interest, apply- Some of the students have events-programs.
ing for a credit card, savings, been encouraged to attend the
setting up a checking account, program through their Epic The family of
retirement and other financial School instructor. In other cas- Don Newland wish to thank
lessons. es, parents expressed a desire to everyone involved with our
Some of the students have have their kids enroll in the pro- father’s life and death. The
discovered that money man- gram. It is Overman’s opinion visits, prayers, kindness,
agement is much harder and that students who hear about food, flowers and cards
trickier than what they origi- finances from someone else can were much appreciated
nally thought. throughout his short time
“This class is allowing them here. Newkirk’s Methodist
Find what Church, Fire Department,
to get some ideas as to what
you are Ark City’s Presbyterian
their adult life will be like,”
looking for Manor and Kindred Hospice
said Newkirk Public Library
in the went above and beyond for
Director Marcina Overman.
Classifieds! him and us.
“Their rent, utilities, food and
other bills will have to be paid The Newkirk Karen Deakins and
Kathy Meier, Gary Newland
before anything else, and they Herald Journal and Cass Nelson
need to have money saved back www.newkirkherald.com
580-362-2140 (Newkirk) or
for emergencies and to have a 620-442-4200 (Arkansas City)
good credit.” https://www.facebook.com/
Kahle-Mendoza is a teacher 1HZNLUN+HUDOG-RXUQDOb(Facebook)

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