Pictured back row (L-R): Principal Alan Tenreiro, finance teacher Renee DeRosier, R.I. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, and students Justin Golembiesky, Steven Towner and Spencer Ross. In front (L-R) are students Patrick Hamilton, Alexander Cardoso, Stephanie Faucher, Ethan Smith and Zachary Reilly. (Submitted photo)
CUMBERLAND â€” The New England Patriots dominated Baltimore, shutting out the Ravens, 26-0.
At least that was the outcome of the "Financial Football" game played one morning this past week in Renee DeRosier's personal finance class at Cumberland High School.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis served as honorary coach for a team of teens that scored a virtual victory as a hopeful preview of the Patriots real playoff game tonight.
Recalling her students' performance, DeRosier remarked, "Winning is always fun, but I know my students took great pride in calling out correct answers to the Secretary of State.
"After a semester of hard work, they deserve to show off a little by publicly demonstrating their understanding of topics that would stump a lot of adults."
The classroom demonstration continued an Ocean State campaign from the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition and Mollis to promote "Financial Football" â€” a free educational video game and curriculum developed by Visa, the NFL and the NFL PLAYERS that rewards personal financial knowledge through virtual first downs and touchdowns. The game is available to all at www.rhodeisland.financialfootball.com
The game allows fans of all ages to choose their favorite team. Wins are recorded on a national leaderboard that the Patriots currently lead.
"This is the perfect time to capitalize on Patriots' playoff fever to promote financial literacy,â€ť Mollis said. 'Financial Football' turns important lessons about money management into a fun, family activity. Keeping the Pats on top is a wonderful educational expression of our support for our home team."
Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro, who introduced Secretary Mollis at the program, took the opportunity to express intentions to further implement personal financial education school-wide.
He said, "This visit by Secretary Mollis and the 'Financial Football' campaign is a welcome capstone for a semester of learning in Mrs. DeRosierâ€™s class. It is also an appropriate kickoff time to share our intentions to ensure that all graduates from Cumberland High School can demonstrate proficiency in personal finance and benefit from an innovative pathways approach."
On partnering with Mollis to promote â€śFinancial Football" in Rhode Island, Jim Hedemark explains, "We are proud that Secretary Mollis is quarterbacking this campaign. Like Mrs. DeRosier, he has been actively, quietly promoting personal financial education for years, well before it became politically popular to do so."
The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition first kicked off the Ocean State's "Financial Football" campaign in 2007 with Visa, Wes Welker and Dan Koppen of the New England Patriots at a special press conference in the Patriots' locker room at Gillette Stadium.
The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a nonprofit organization comprised of academic, business, civic and labor leaders founded in May 2004 with the purpose of increasing the personal financial capabilities of the people of the Ocean State. For more information, visit www.rijumpstart.org.
Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs/services of Mollisâ€™ office, visit sos.ri.gov.