In November 2009, Reinhardt University SIFE team members traveled to Roswell, GA to work with children at Porter Academy. The students were taught how coupons work, importance of saving their money, how a check works, the purpose for a bank, how to count money, and world-wide currency. Children at this school have some learning differences ranging from ADD to autism. The children all responded well to the classes and our club members enjoyed the interaction with the children. We also spent some time with them playing some games and trying to interact with them. Students were treated to a visit to a “school store” if they could count their money. This project was highlighted at the SIFE regional competition and received very positive feedback from the judges.
In November of 2010, Reinhardt SIFE members visited Nelson Price Treatment Center in Marietta, GA (sponsored by GA Baptist Asoc.). The school contacted Reinhardt SIFE asking them to work with their students. They felt that our college students could relate well as peers and mentors to their high school students. The students at the high school all interacted well and asked great questions during the seminar. Our SIFE students worked with the high school students on the importance of saving money, dangers of students loans, credit card safety tips, how to develop a budget after high school, identity theft, and the importance of graduating high school and obtaining some type of secondary education.