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April 8, 2015

Treasurer Cowell Celebrates Financial Literacy Month with Durham Middle Schoolers

Durham, N.C.—State Treasurer Janet Cowell visited Fidelity’s New Millennium Way campus in Research Triangle Park Wednesday to help students from Durham’s Lowe’s Grove Middle School celebrate Financial Literacy Month.   

Cowell joined students in the “Be a Success” game, which makes a connection between goal setting with the importance of education choices, personal finance decision-making and career exploration. Fidelity volunteers are teaching Junior Achievement’s “Economics for Success” curriculum to the entire 8th grade over three days. 

“Education, either at a community college or a university, is key to increasing your earnings potential and putting you in a better position to responsibly manage your finances later in life,” Cowell told the students.

At the start of the game, students made a choice between college and entering into the workforce. They saw firsthand the vast contrast in opportunities afforded to those with degrees than those without.

Continuing to emphasize the importance of education Cowell added, “Higher-paying jobs tend to require more education.”

Cowell visited Lowe’s Grove students last year as part of her focus on financial education.

Financial education is a critical focus for individuals of all ages. For more information about State Treasurer Cowell’s financial literacy initiatives, please visit


Photo: Treasurer Cowell checks in with eighth graders from Durham’s Lowes Grove Magnet School of Technology as they learn important life lessons through the “Be a Success” game taking place during Junior Achievement’s “Economics for Success” held today at Fidelity Investments New Millennium Way campus in Durham as part of a series of events supporting Financial Literacy month in North Carolina.   (pictured l. to r. Amiya Battise, Emily Gentry, Nia Faison, NC Treasurer Janet Cowell, Estafany Valenzuela)