USF College of Education announces State Farm gift to Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education

TAMPA, Fla. (February 17, 2014) – The University of South Florida College of Education is pleased to announce that State Farm has given $15,000 to the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in support of the Center’s K-12 Teacher Financial Education Workshops with a particular emphasis on the  Center’s financial literacy education program.

“State Farm has been a strong supporter of national and state economic education programs, including the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, for several years.   In 2014, although State Farm’s financial support will include the broad area of “economics education,” the particular emphasis will be in the area of financial literacy education,” said Dick Puglisi, director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education. “

During the 2012-2013 academic year, approximately 1600 K-12 educators participated in a myriad of professional development programs offered by the Gus A. Stavros Center. Many of those programs received funding from State Farm to cover a range of expenses, including instructional costs, food and beverage for the educators, curricula materials and other outlays related to workshops.  The professional development programs funded by State Farm were held under the title, “Enhancing Global Literacies –Teaching Financial & Economic Literacy.”

One of these educators, Denise Phillips of Jewett Academy Middle School, praised the program:

“In the workshop I attended, I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and practical applications for use in the classroom” said Phillips. “I want to instill a life-long love of learning in my students. The tools I gain at the Stavros Center help me do that.”

“The College of Education is pleased to have State Farm recognize the importance of Financial Literacy Education and to support the Stavros Center in providing this education.  This partnership (will provide invaluable information for educators throughout the state of Florida,” stated Dr. Vasti Torres, Dean, USF College of Education.

“We are proud of the Stavros Center’s continued great work that makes this type of support possible. Under Dr. Puglisi’s leadership the Stavros Center has forged many partnerships in the Tampa Bay area with the goal to help train as many educators as possible and we feel fortunate to be part of their team,” said Chris Cummins, Zone Sales Associate Manager for Financial Services for State Farm Insurance. “…teachers attend by the hundreds, which I believe speaks directly to the impact of the Center and the relevance of their work.  Ultimately this training impacts the kids, which is why we feel their work is so critical.  We know that a solid foundational understanding of economics and free-enterprise can have life-long and generational-changing impact so their work with teachers is a high calling and we are humbled to be a part of their great work.”


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