Christiansburg, VA Fifth Grader Receives Surprise Award at Home for her Financial Plan to Become a Wildlife Biologist

Christiansburg, VA – Catlin Miller pitched a $259,482 investment plan to fund her dream of obtaining degrees in wildlife biology and now she’s being recognized nationally! Reflecting on Oprah Winfrey’s inspiring statement, “Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor,” Catlin Miller pitched virtual investors for a capital investment to seed her dream. Miller’s financial plan was so compelling that it won her third place in the nation in the Fall 2019 InvestWrite® competition. Click here to read full story.

Due to the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the planned school assembly to announce Miller’s award was canceled. Miller’s teacher and principal surprised the student with her award at her doorstep with appropriate social distancing. Click here to see the video on Facebook of the surprise.

VCU Center for Economic Education to be honored with Prestigious National Award

Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education, led by Dr. Stephen Day, has been selected to receive the 2019 Albert Beekhuis Award from the Council for Economic Education (CEE).

The award, with an honorarium of $500, is made possible by a gift from the Albert Beekhuis Foundation to the Council for Economic Education.

This award recognizes an affiliated Center for Economic Education for outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in the delivery of high-quality programs and outreach to its community.

Kevin Gochet, CEE’s Director of Programs, stated:

“Dr. Albert Beekhuis was a lifelong believer in the value and importance of economic literacy and a longstanding supporter of the mission of the Council for Economic Education.

The programs offered by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center, and the commitment to driving forward the mission of providing the best and most effective economic and financial education to teachers, students and the community at large, make your Center deserving of this award.”

The award will be presented to Dr. Day at CEE’s 58th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 3rd.

The VCU Center for Economic Education is part of the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s statewide network of university-based centers.

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