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Raimondo Celebrates Financial Literacy Month, Visits North Providence High School

Marks expansion of web-based financial literacy program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, joined by local government leaders, and representatives from EverFi, Inc., and Navigant Credit Union, today concluded Financial Literacy month with a visit to North Providence High School. The visit also marked the statewide expansion of EverFi, the state's first web-based financial literacy program.

"Financial empowerment remains one of my top priorities and is critical to the preparedness and success of Rhode Island's high school students," Raimondo said. "It was interesting to hear from students about their experience with the EverFi program. I am encouraged that EverFi continues to work with Rhode Island's credit unions to expand this program here."

"The better educated Rhode Island's students are about their finances, the stronger financial citizens they will become," said State Senator Edward O'Neill.

"As we work to craft a sound municipal budget, I am encouraged our teachers are reinforcing fiscal responsibility among North Providence's students," said North Providence Town Council President Kristen Catanzaro.

"It is encouraging to have our elected officials supporting the importance of this curriculum in our schools," said North Providence Superintendent, Donna Ottaviano. "At no cost to the district, EverFi's learn-as-you-go model and web-accessible material is a win-win for students and teachers."

"Navigant Credit Union is proud to sponsor EverFi in 14 high schools across northern Rhode Island, as we remain committed to the community and increased financial literacy," said Gary Furtado, President and CEO of Navigant Credit Union.

Everfi is in 19 Rhode Island high schools, with 25 additional schools poised to start over the coming year. The program, sponsored by Navigant, Westerly Community, Pawtucket, and People's Credit Unions, uses the latest in new media technologies, including 3-D gaming and social networking to bring complex financial concepts to life. The EverFi platform certifies students in over 600 financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k's and other critical concepts.

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Department or agency: RI Office of the General Treasurer

Online: http://www.treasury.ri.gov/

Release date: 04-30-2012

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