We understand that children are our future, and it is essential to educate children in developing healthy financial behaviors while they are young. The lessons they learn at a young age will help them maintain healthy financial habits as they get older. We developed Zoe's Club with this premise in mind. Zoe became the credit union's mascot because children were drawn to her and enjoyed petting her wherever we went. Zoe doesn’t judge or scare them; she merely wants to love and be loved.
We built Zoe's Club around reading because of the developmental importance of establishing excellent reading skills at a young age. Reading introduces so many things that help spark different interests in a child, and we want financial literacy to be one of them. In our book, Zoe Finds a Job, Zoe shares her journey of feeling lonely at home all day to trying to remedy her loneliness with things. She takes a fresh look at how blessed she is, and she decides to get a job to help the family and be an active part of the family team. She learns to spend the money she makes as a mascot and develops lessons to teach others how to manage their money.
Children will read about the importance of trust, communication, and social responsibility with the help of this one little 3 lb. Yorkie. A question and answer section at the end of the book will help parents and teachers reinforce the educational benchmarks taught through Zoe Finds a Job. The lessons apply to everyone's life, and what better way to expose and teach these principles than to a child.
Children will have an opportunity to earn awards or certificates in Zoe's Club by completing the assignments at the book's back. The six awards are for:
· Financial Literacy
· Community Service
· Acts of Kindness.
The awards were created to reinforce the lessons learned in Zoe Finds a Job, which is essential to cultivating an attitude of gratitude for our young readers. We hope to build a stronger community, one child at a time. Zoe even has her very own Pinterest Page.
The Pinterest page is packed full of ideas to help children earn their Zoe's Club awards. The goal is to obtain all six, giving the child something to show a prospective employer of their work ethic when they enter into the workforce.