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    Stocks in the Future (SIF) teaches middle school students financial life skills while providing them incentives to improve their school performance.The three-year curriculum developed under Johns Hopkins University, introduces business concepts, expansion possibilities, reasons for taking a company public and ways to compare company performances.   As students learn, they earn money by attending school regularly and improving grades. Earnings up to 80 SIF dollars each year enables students to purchase publicly traded company stocks that become theirs when graduating from high school and turning eighteen. Academic fundamentals are reinforced throughout.
    The program asked students to make it their New Years Resolution to assess their stock portfolio! Students  were given the option to purchase ten middle-school-friendly stocks:  Disney, Time Warner, Ford, Electronic Arts, Safeway, Facebook, Sirius XM Radio, Sony, PetSmart and Coca-Cola.
    Here’s what some students at Fallstaff Elementary/Middle have to say about making their investment.

    Skylar SIF Walt Disney Pictures
    Eryka SIF Facebook  
    Monique SIF Ford