Educators & Parents: Explore Digital Financial Literacy Resources & Enter the Cha-Ching™ Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge This Spring

Learn more about the pledge challenge, previous winners and how to get financial education resources for your students

By Jenna Phillips, Corporate Philanthropy, Jackson  

As parents and educators look for ways to engage students in learning at home, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids features fun, engaging videos, online games and downloadable activities that teach students K-6 how to earn, save, spend and donation. These no-cost digital resources can be easily accessed and used at home to instill core concepts about personal finance at an early age. 

You can also support your school and community by participating in the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challengepresented by Jackson Charitable Foundation in partnership with Discovery Education. The Pledge Challenge gives educators, parents and schools the opportunity to vote daily for their school to teach their students about financial literacy.  

2019 Pledge Winner  

The 2019 pledge winner, Olympic View Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif.received $10,000 for the school plus an additional $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit of their choice.  

In February, Jackson Charitable Foundation Executive Director Danielle Robinson traveled to Olympic View Elementary School to announce the winner of the 3rd annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge.  

“Providing financial education resources free of charge to communities across the country is the core of Jackson Charitable Foundation’s programming.” said Robinson. “It was clear at the winner’s assembly; the parents and faculty of Olympic View are enthusiastic about financial literacy and supporting their students as they grow into leaders in their community.” 

Olympic View Elementary participated in a fun financial literacy event after the winner’s assembly, that taught students about earning, saving, spending and donating money. With its $10,000 prize, the school plans to budget, build and implement a campus beautification project. Students also chose to donatto Friends of the Australian Bush, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Australia’s biodiversity, as the recipient of the charity funds to highlight the importance of philanthropy. “We believe understanding how money works and having the confidence to make sound financial decisions is critical for success,” said Robinson. 

2020 Pledge Challenge 

This spring, until June 25, at 5 p.m. ETcommunities across the country will have the opportunity once again to vote daily for their local school to win. For more information on the pledge challenge, visit the contest page.  

Jenna has a passion for advocating for nonprofit organizations in the community and educating Jackson associates on the different opportunities to volunteer in Lansing. She is currently a senior at Michigan State University studying advertising management with a specialization in public relations. She will graduate in May 2020 and hopes to continue Jackson’s meaningful service in the community.