Press Release from the State of zTennessee, April 8, 2014:
Commission Honors Tennesseans Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions to Financial Literacy Education
The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission has recognized three organizations and one individual for their exceptional work in promoting financial literacy in our state. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell and Treasurer David Lillard honored the winners during the commission’s recent annual banquet, which raised about $175,000 to support the commission’s financial literacy initiatives throughout Tennessee.
First Tennessee Bank and The Dollar General Literacy Foundation each received the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award for their financial leadership in helping advance the work of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission.
Maria Jimenez of Montgomery County received the Financial Literacy Leadership Award for developing a program called FUN Accounting for Preschoolers which is used by Montgomery County’s Head Start program and the Fort Campbell USO office. Oak Ridge City Schools received the Financial Literacy Platinum Award for its efforts to train every high school graduate in financial literacy and making competency in financial literacy a requirement for each one of its students.
“I congratulate all of this year’s winners and I thank them for their support of financial literacy,” State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. said. “Financial literacy is an integral part of raising the standard of living of all Tennesseans. I thank those who have made donations to support the commission’s work. Together, we will create a more financially literate Tennessee.”
The dinner also highlighted the success of Tennessee as a national leader in the field of financial literacy. Representatives from beyond Tennessee attended the dinner to learn how they could replicate the achievements of Tennessee’s financial literacy efforts. At the dinner it was announced that over 1,250 teachers have been trained in the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum since the commission’s inception in 2010 and that number is expected to double in the next 12 months.
The financial literacy commission is a nonprofit organization created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2010 and administered by the Tennessee Treasury Department. Treasurer Lillard chairs the commission’s board, which also includes the state commissioner of education, the state commissioner of financial institutions and six other Tennesseans appointed to serve.