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Need help with money management? This free class could be for you.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center Coordinator Marcia Oliver, financial literacy course graduate Candace Taylor-Harris and Jackie Joyner-Kersee pose for a photograph with the $1,000 check that Taylor-Harris received after completing the free, 10-week class. The money will be used to start savings accounts for Taylor-Harris and her grandson.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center Coordinator Marcia Oliver, financial literacy course graduate Candace Taylor-Harris and Jackie Joyner-Kersee pose for a photograph with the $1,000 check that Taylor-Harris received after completing the free, 10-week class. The money will be used to start savings accounts for Taylor-Harris and her grandson.

One of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Head Start centers for children is teaching adults, too.

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Head Start Center is offering a new financial literacy course to help parents of children enrolled at the center manage their money, according to a news release.

The next free, 10-week class is planned for October, according to Michael Greenfield, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center programs director.

The most recent classes were taught by employees from Associated Bank, the release states. They covered topics like budget planning, credit awareness, debt resolution and managing a checking account. Parents who completed the class received $700 to start a savings account for their children and $300 to start their own savings account.

One of the course’s graduates, Candace Taylor-Harris, stated in the release that she decided to enroll in the program to get help with her spending habits and learn how to save for her grandson’s future. But Taylor-Harris said she was shocked to receive $1,000.

“It’s amazing to think how much that account can grow by the time he turns 18. It makes me feel like I accomplished something,” Taylor-Harris stated.

The school is located at 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle in East St. Louis. It is named for East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who is a six time Olympic medalist.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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