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Ruth Brock, a regional agent in Consumer Science and Personal Financial Management with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been awarded a $2,500 grant for teacher training and materials.

The Mary O'Neill mini-grant was given by the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education for the development and implementation of an innovative, high-impact education project titled The Financial Education Boot Camp: Building Teacher's Capacity to Teach Personal Finance Pilot Program for Alabama Teachers. Barbara O'Neill developed the program based on her work at Rutgers University. O'Neill, a member and past president of AFCPE, created the award in honor of her mother Mary O'Neill.

The overall goal of the program is to improve the capacity of teachers to deliver personal finance education. The program aligns well with AFCPE's mission and vision of integrating perspectives of researchers, educators and practitioners; creating a regional forum for sharing best practices for financial education; and setting professional standards that may influence public policy.

Brock will be recognized Nov. 22 during the AFCPE Conference Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Greenville, in Greenville S.C.


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