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Debbie Berry, an area specialist with USDA’s Rural Development office in Richmond, led a program on the importance of setting goals and saving money earlier this summer for second- and third-grade students at Sunrise Elementary School. Students were asked to write a ‘Story House’ about the importance of saving, and drew their ‘Dream Home’ for the future. Below, art work and stories were displayed outside Berry’s office. (Submitted photo)

Debbie Berry, an area specialist with USDA’s Rural Development office in Richmond, led a program on the importance of setting goals and saving money earlier this summer for second- and third-grade students at Sunrise Elementary School. Students were asked to write a ‘Story House’ about the importance of saving, and drew their ‘Dream Home’ for the future. Below, art work and stories were displayed outside Berry’s office. (Submitted photo)

USDA Rural Development celebrated Homeownership month with Sunrise Elementary second- and third-grade summer school students.
This year’s theme was “Own Your Future.” Area Specialist Debbie Berry presented a program on the “A,B, C’s of Savings”  in an effort to promote early awareness of the importance of saving, establishing goals, learning the difference between  short-term and long-term goals, creating a savings plan and determining a means to achieve those goals.
Students were asked to write a “Story House” about the importance of saving and to draw or color their “Dream Home” of the future. Students provided many interesting methods to achieving their goals and unique features of their dream home.
Certificates were presented to all of the students June 23, and first-, second- and third-place awards were presented in both grades.
In addition, banks were awarded to each student.  Special recognition in Ms. Graff’s second-grade class went to Karlee Gilbert, First Place; Brook Weber, Second Place; and Noah Nichols, Third Place.  Special recognition in Miss Back’s third-grade class went to Haylee Weber, First Place; Alexis Cravens, Second Place and Claire Swafford, Third Place.

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