Cool Schools: Washington Jesuit Academy Takes Stock In The Future

8:38 AM, Feb 18, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Financial facts and figures become a lot more interesting when your own cash is at stake. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Washington Jesuit Academy are not just learning about the stock markets, they are investing in them!

Their class is called "Stocks in the Future," and the curriculum was developed by a non-profit by the same name in Baltimore.

David Martinez explains why he is such a good investor: "I usually go to Yahoo! Finance and ask the teacher for help, and I go see what companies are doing good and what people invest in."

Students can earn money for their accounts by doing do well in reading, math and attendance, and if they meet the requirements, they get $80 per year to invest.

Teacher Bob Wassman says studying hard can really pay off, like it did for a former student of his who is now in the tenth grade. "He was ecstatic that he bought Netflix back at $23." It's now about $230 a share. Now that's about as cool as it gets!

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