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Perdue honored nationally for financial education 
 
 
The Institute for Financial Literacy has honored State Treasurer John Perdue with one of its 2009 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Awards, recognizing the Treasurer for his work in the newly launched NetWorth program. EIFLE, as the organization is known, cited Treasurer Perdue in the Not for Profit Organization of the Year category. In giving him the award, organization officials pointed to Perdue’s long-time efforts in NetWorth and in financial education since election in 1996.

Perdue will be honored with a dinner at the Annual Conference on Financial Education 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Now in its third year, the EIFLE was created to acknowledge innovation and quality of financial literacy education efforts and the commitment of those that offer them.

“Recognizing the need for a comprehensive approach to promoting financial literacy, the Treasurer joined with the State Superintendent of Education to launch the NetWorth Program in 2008,” EIFLE officials said. “NetWorth ensures that every West Virginia student will receive ongoing personal finance by seamlessly integrating personal finance instruction into the core curriculum of every grade beginning with kindergarten and ending in the senior year of high school. NetWorth will be fully implemented by 2010, and fully incorporates the President’s Council on Financial Literacy’s financial literacy standards.

“The EIFLE Awards were created to acknowledge the dedicated effort of American financial literacy educators across all industries” said Leslie E. Linfield, Executive Director of the Institute for Financial Literacy. “Financial literacy is vital for individuals to navigate our increasingly uncertain economic climate, and has garnered the attention of policy makers, employers and the general public. The EIFLE Awards help raise the visibility of these wonderful efforts.”

The Institute for Financial Literacy is a tax exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to make effective financial literacy education available for all American adults.

For more information about the Institute, please visit www.financiallit.org.