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Schools Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 - 9:12:22 AM

State Treasurer visits DIS, donates iPads
By Elizabeth Bush
Oct 30, 2013 - 9:09:41 AM

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South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis poses with a group of 8th grade students at Daniel Island School during a visit to the facility on October 24. Treasurer Loftis made a stop at the school as part of a "Financial Literacy Tour" across the state.
South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis hands donated iPads to Daniel Island School teacher Dani Roof. A total of 10 iPads, funded through a private grant, were given to DIS to help students access web-based games and lessons that will encourage financial literacy.
Money matters! Daniel Island School first grader Benjamin Pinkston (center) learned the importance of saving money during a presentation at the school by South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis last Friday. Pinkston was joined in the photo by his father, Shawn (left) and Treasurer Loftis (right).

South Carolina’s highest financial officer paid a visit to Daniel Island School last Friday, and left behind a deposit that he hopes will yield big returns for students.  
As part of a “Financial Literacy Tour,” State Treasurer Curtis Loftis stopped in at DIS to talk about the importance of saving money, while encouraging kids to start good habits now that will lead to success later on as adults. Loftis spoke to a group of middle school students in the facility’s multipurpose room. He also donated ten iPads to the school that kids can use to access the State Treasurer’s website for fun games and interactive information geared towards helping students develop bright financial futures.
“It’s always a pleasure to talk with students about how important it is to understand finances,” Loftis said. “We must reach out to children and give them an understanding of what makes our economy work. When I was in elementary school, I never imagined running a business and then running a statewide office. If this can inspire a child, it’s all worth it.”
The iPads were paid for through a private grant, according to a press release provided by Loftis’ office, and not state funding. Loftis said he is committed to reaching out to students across the state and promoting financial literacy.  He also visited Mason Preparatory School on Friday. Daniel Island School teacher Dani Roof accepted the new iPads on behalf of the middle school teaching team.
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