Comic books could help teach financial literacy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH-TV) – Finding financial literacy through comic books.

Indiana’s Secretary of State’s Office is teaming up with some comic bookstores to teach Hoosier kids about money.

And their using the Avengers to do it.

Like a lot of children his age, 12-year-old Dagim Huntington gets a kick out of comics.

“They teach you to be creative, to think in another way.”

This one’s a custom first-edition “Avengers Saving the Day” comic about financial literacy. And it’s dad approved.

“It’s a good idea. Anything to get a kid thinking about the practicalities. It’s hard today. You want a kid to feel he’s earning money and how to work hard. but also, how to budget and save for the future.”

Created by Visa and Marvel, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is working with Downtown Comics and local comic bookstores to present the books.

“The comic book follows the Avengers as they try to stop a bank robbery. It’s all about how they discuss money and how banks work throughout the program.”

These pages are geared toward kids in grades 2-7.

Inside, children learn about budgeting, credit cards, debit cards, and finance terms.

“Secretary Lawson is really committed to improving financial fitness, especially among young people. We’re always looking for ways to reach them on their level.”

So, they understand that even superheroes need to budget their money!

“In the comic, Black Widow talks about how she divides up her budget between buying weapons, buying makeup that looks like weapons and all kinds of other things. It’s really hilarious!”

“I hope this gives them the doorway to start learning about a very complex subject in a way that can relate to them.”

“It’s not a bad idea. I don’t think school really teaches this. I don’t know.”

You can request one of these comic books from anywhere in the state.

Just call Kelly Griese at 317-233-3985, or email her at: kgriese@sos.in.gov.

You can also visit Indiana’s Money Wise page for more details.

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(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)

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