Learning how to manage money and make responsible financial decisions is important for everyone. For students, it’s even more important.
Understanding how to use and manage money early in life paves the way for a lifetime of financial success. That’s why The Ohio CPA Foundation and The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) partnered to create FETCH!® which stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits®.
Each fall, OSCPA members take over elementary classrooms throughout Ohio to help students understand how to use and manage money successfully through the FETCH! program. FETCH! provides a platform for CPAs to share their financial knowledge and expertise to teach students basic financial literacy concepts.
FETCH! teaches children about budgeting, saving and spending through a fun and interactive board game. Students form competitive teams for an adventure through a dog park filled with financial risks and rewards. Team members work together to purchase items for their pet and save as much money as possible.
Targeted to 5th and 6th grades, FETCH! requires students to make financial decisions, use their math skills, budget for unexpected expenses and plan ahead to avoid fines imposed by the Dog Catcher. Through teamwork, strategy and competition, FETCH! teaches children important financial concepts that are the foundation of a healthy financial future.
Since its introduction in 2010, FETCH! has mobilized over 3,800 CPAs and volunteers to teach responsible money management skills to more than 33,000 elementary school students in Ohio.
In November, FETCH! reached a record number of students. During the third annual statewide program, nearly 1,500 OSCPA members and volunteer presented FETCH! to more than 12,300 students in 494 classrooms. Thank you to everyone who helped make FETCH! 2012 a success!
View the FETCH! recap videos:
Teachers: For more program information, visit the FETCH! educator page
For more information about FETCH! and how you can get involved, contact Emily Bice
at 800.686.2727 ext. 952.