The Ohio CPA Foundation at Work

CPAs make finance fun for thousands of Ohio students

Nov 20, 2012

More than 12,300 students know more about managing their money, thanks to the nearly 1,500 Society members and volunteers who participated in OSCPA’s annual FETCH! ® program.

FETCH!, which stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits®, gives CPAs a chance to share their financial knowledge and expertise to help kids understand how to use and manage money successfully.

Through the program, CPAs visited local elementary classrooms to lead students in a board game based on the responsibilities of owning and caring for a pet dog — an idea students relate to and embrace.

To win the game, players have to purchase items for their pet and save money.

Fifth grade teacher Mandy Jenkins from Washington Elementary School in Hilliard has hosted FETCH! in her classroom the past three years.

“It helps students learn what’s important for them to spend their money on,” Jenkins said. “It helps them make that real-world connection.”

The volunteers – OSCPA members Alyss Carpenter, Jake Vogel and Cullen Wong from Cohen & Company – kept things moving and engaged the students by offering small prizes to those who asked finance-related questions.

“Do you guys get to do this every day – go to different schools and teach this?” one student asked when the game was over.

“I wish,” Vogel said, smiling, before explaining in simple terms what work life is like for accountants.

Students said the game made them think about money in a new way.

“You need to be careful when it comes to buying things,” said Jillian, a fifth grader at Washington Elementary in Hilliard. “You can’t buy too many things or you won’t have enough money left.”

Other lessons learned at Washington Elementary:

  • “Don’t buy something if you don’t have the money for it” – Michael
  • “Save your money, because you could lose money or gain it” – Bret
  • “You have to make some risky choices in life with money” – Jacob

Look for a full photo recap in the December issue of CPA Voice!