Pictures of life, snippets of conversations and commentary about everyday, small-town living.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Kids’ make sense when given dollars
Some kids I met on Sunday confirmed a suspicion I’ve been harboring the past few years. I’ve been thinking/hoping the generation growing up in the recession will be good money handlers as adults.
I was involved in a workshop with about 25 preschoolers and elementary students, and I asked them, “If I gave you $5,000, what would you do with it?”
“My school is going to close, so I’d give it to them to keep it open,” said one girl. The school is closing because a new one is being built, but still, I wished decision-makers could’ve heard her
“I’d buy food for people who come to the church pantry,” said one young philanthropist, while another wanted to build a house for a homeless family.
When the kids’ answers were presented to their parents, “save it for college” evoked universal smiles and several sighs of relief.
I was a good saver when I was a kid, always found enough money to buy gifts for my family. But I don’t remember thinking about people being hungry or homeless, and I didn’t start a college fund until my children were born. I’m sure I never thought about trying to bail out my school district, which had to shut down for six weeks because voters rejected a tax levy.
Maybe, just maybe, building better savers and sharers is the silver lining of the downturned economy’s cloud.