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ES-M students 'shoot for loot'

Playing for MDA

The third contestant to play in the game was faculty member and DECA-advisor Darlene Baker who played for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

"We lost a student at the last minute to an illness," Sweeney said, which led them to the eleventh-hour idea. "We thought it would be a nice fill-in."

Baker won $50 for MDA and Sweeney increased the donation to the $200 maximum. The audience cheered.

Learning about money management

Since October 2005, students get hands-on experience by working as tellers. They help students, faculty and staff members make deposits, withdrawals and loans. ESM-NS oversees the project and offers a variety of other financial literacy programs within the school district, like finance seminars and personal finance quizzes.

"Establishing good savings habits is one of the cornerstones for gaining strong personal finance skills," Burch said. "Making things fun is a way to focus students' attention on things that they might otherwise spend less time on."

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