Students in Lacey Higgins’ sixth grade class at North Elementary have spent the last two months playing the stock market.
As part of her Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM fellowship.
“My students took some “clients” from Edward Jones because they were so busy and invested $10,000 for them in the stock market,” said Higgins. “Tara Brower and Sarah Browning from Edward Jones came into the classroom in November and introduced what financial advisors do, how they have to build relationships with their clients and communicate. My students then sent emails or letters out to their clients that consisted of teachers, and lots of community partners.”
Higgins said 15 teachers and 15 community members helped make the project a success.
“They took on the fake “client” roll like champs and had my students sweating it out some days especially during the month of December when the stock market went under,” she said, adding clients were everything from NBA players, vet, bankers, engineers, business men, IU women’s basketball coaches, accountants and city workers among others.
This week, students, like Nick Baker and Sunday Htoo, shown here, presented their final portfolios. Baker and Htoo invested money in sports-related stocks for Joe Hamden.