Zowie Sanders knows a little bit about business. "I sell sleep apnea supplies," said the senior at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. But the business aspect of her business doesn't spill over into her personal life. She rarely balances her own checkbook.
But that will change, she says.
Zowie was one of a group of high school students who participated in Financial Literacy 101, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waynesboro.
More than two dozen Rotarians gave up the day to provide instruction in budgeting and finance through games and learning experiences.
"We try to make it fun," said Paul Lochstampfor, who was overseeing the project for Rotary. "Learning how to budget and live within it is the one thing they will have to do for the rest of their lives."
Rotarians go into the high school twice a year as a supplement to the school's business classes.
"It enhances the personal finance curriculum," explained Caroline Tassone, business teacher. "The Rotary has been an amazing partner to the high school and provides programs to enrich education."
Each of the activities during the day-long event are based on topics discussed throughout the year. "This is a culmination to see how all of it comes together. It's all integral to managing money well," Tassone said.
Zowie and Dennis Hewitt spent a portion of the day playing financial trivia Jenga, where they had to pull a color-coded block from the tower and answer a question, such as "The face value of a bond is the amount a bond holder: A. receives at maturity; B. Pays for the bond; or C. Receives in interest."
The correct answer is A.
Zowie and Dennis struggled with that question. "Some of these questions are hard," she admitted.
Other games included a Wheel of Fortune game, Price is Right game and a workshop on balancing a checkbook.
Zowie said she never thought much about completing the checkbook task, but she plans to rethink it, as well as budgeting, after Wednesday's lessons. "It helps you stay ahead, especially in emergency situations," she said.