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ELEMENTARY STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT INVESTING IN STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE

1/20/2021

A group of Bridge Creek Elementary School students are sharpening their financial skills by learning how to invest in stocks and mutual funds. Fifteen fourth and fifth grade students, led by their facilitator Stephen Bidwell, participated in the 10-week SC Economics Fall South Carolina Stock Market Game and won. Two of Bidwell’s teams finished in the top three.

Last September, teams began meeting virtually after school. In the Challenge, each team started with $100,000. They took advantage of a rising market and increased their portfolio value significantly by purchasing stocks and mutual funds. Bridge Creek’s Diamonds team, with members Jaydah Mobley and Christopher Galdo who are fourth-graders, won first place in the competition. Their investments increased by $23,705 and statewide they ranked 24th out of 758 teams overall including middle and high school participants. 

Bidwell says most people would accept any of the teams’ gains over a year's time. "I am really excited that Bridge Creek Elementary was able to continue participating in the SC Economics Stock Market Game even though all meetings had to be done virtually. Teaching our students financial literacy skills is so important," Bidwell said. 

The Pokemon Traders, with members Lucas Corry and Elijah Kendrick who are also fourth-graders, just barely missed 2nd place and finished $14,285 richer in third place. 

The Stock Market Game gives students in grades 4-12 the chance to engage in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and prepares them for future financial independence.