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Accounting Firm partners with schools to promote financial literacy education


Accounting Firm partners with schools to promote financial literacy education

CLEVELAND & AKRON, OHIO– (November 5, 2015)— Regional public accounting Firm Apple Growth Partners (AGP) has joined with Akron Public Schools’ Findley CLC and Pfeiffer Elementary to teach financial literacy to students.

Annually the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) recruits volunteers to help facilitate their FETCH program. FETCH, which stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits®, is an interactive board game that teaches 5th and 6th graders about the importance of budgeting, saving and spending. Students form competitive teams for an adventure through a dog park where they must purchase items for their dog and save as much money as possible, while encountering a mixture of risks and rewards along the way. The program is offered free of charge to schools throughout Ohio.

AGP’s staff have volunteered their time for the past 10 years to teach the FETCH program to local students. Nine accountants will represent the Firm on Thursday. “When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite things was when guests came in for activities. It was always a fun break. I am looking forward to being part of this fun break and to have some fun playing FETCH. Volunteering with young students is one of the most rewarding experiences for me.” said Emily Koudela, an associate in AGP’s tax department and coordinator of this year’s FETCH program.

Financial literacy education is such an important topic to AGP that its own Apple Growth Partners Community Outreach Charitable Giving Fund specifically supports financial literacy education programming both financially and through volunteerism for 501(C)(3) organizations in Northeast Ohio.

Apple Growth Partners has offices in Akron and Cleveland and serves the Northeast Ohio market and beyond. AGP focuses on assisting privately held businesses and their families achieve healthy growth. AGP offers a full range of attest, tax planning and compliance, business valuation, litigation consulting and transactional advisory services. Through its strategic partnerships, Apple also provides financial planning, asset management solutions, ACA reporting compliance and third party administration of retirement and health plans.

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