Students learn budgeting basics

A new pilot project to include classroom lessons in CPA Canada’s Community Connect program.

If you had $1,000 to plan a party, what choices would you make?

That’s the challenge Nicholas Cheung, CPA, CA, director of program and publication development for CPA Canada, put to Grade 8 students at Lord Lansdowne Public School in Toronto last November.

Students were given a quick financial literacy lesson, then divided into groups to plan their party. They were told that there would be consequences for going over budget and rewards for staying in the black. The outreach effort, timed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month, was part of a pilot project to include classroom lessons in CPA Canada’s Community Connect program.

The volunteer program provides opportunities for professional accountants to share their financial expertise with their communities. Want to learn more? Email communityconnect@cpacanada.ca.

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