Treasurer Sprague Announces October 2022 Compass Award Honorees
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of October. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“A solid foundation of financial literacy strengthens individuals, families, and the overall economic health of Ohio,” said Sprague. “Our October Compass Award honorees are equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills needed for the modern workforce. We’re proud to recognize the schools and organizations across the state that are working hard to teach Ohioans how to make informed career and financial decisions.”
Compass Award honorees for October include:
Springboro Community City Schools (Warren County)
Springboro Schools has placed a special emphasis on financial education programming. In addition to utilizing the Real Money. Real World. program, students have access to a variety of finance-focused curriculum. While in middle school, students are educated about potential careers later in life, and high schoolers have access to business courses and must complete a mandatory course covering financial literacy. As part of its business education efforts, the district employs multiple business teachers to offer a variety of courses, and students have the ability to earn a business career pathway designation while still in high school.
The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education (Summit County)
Founded in 1974, the H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education has worked to advance instruction of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and global economics in grades K-12 and college. Through workshops and other events, the organization trains Ohio’s educators who teach youth across the state. Through its programming, the organization connects teachers with various types of platforms and curriculum. In 2021, the center provided instruction to more than 1,000 Ohio teachers.
Additionally, through a variety of partnerships, the center works to bring fun, financially-focused community events to students and families. These events provide instruction related to the fundamentals of personal finance and give families an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $39 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.