TEAM and MCEE launch Master Teacher of Personal Finance program
This week, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) and my financial education initiative, TEAM, or Treasurer’s Education About Money, launched a new financial education teacher-training program. The Master Teacher of Personal Finance program will help high school teachers prepare as Mississippi becomes the 18 th state in the nation to require personal finance education for high school graduation.

The program is aimed at educators who teach business, personal finance, college and career readiness, and economic classes. The training curriculum was developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Memphis Branch and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – New Orleans Branch, and their staff are participating in the inaugural training session all this week at Millsaps College.

Thirty teachers are here this week, for what will be the first of many such professional development programs. This training will particularly help those instructors who will be part of teaching the new financial education component of the College and Career Readiness course all Mississippi students will be taking before graduation. My office and MCEE have both been working with the Mississippi Department of Education on this curriculum, which will be rolled out in pilot schools in the coming school year before statewide implementation.
Another successful unclaimed property event last week – and one coming up!
Last week, my unclaimed property team was in Tylertown helping reunite Walthall County residents with their money. More than 100 people came out to check the State’s unclaimed property list and begin the process of filing claims for their money. Many thanks to Walthall County Supervisor Frederick Magee for inviting us to Tylertown and helping organize this wonderful event.

Next week, my unclaimed property team will travel to Port Gibson to help Claiborne County residents do the same, at the invitation of Claiborne County Supervisor Marie Clark.

Monday, June 18
3:00 to 6:00 pm
Ross Administration Building
510 Market Street, Port Gibson

Individuals planning to attend are encouraged to bring the following to expedite their claims:

  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID card, etc.)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If the owner is deceased, bring the death certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death

You can always check the State’s listing to see if the State has any money in your name, as well.
Many thanks to Boys State and Girls State
One of the highlights of being State Treasurer is the opportunity to meet with our Mississippi’s up-and-coming leaders. It is always a pleasure to speak with groups that are fostering leadership skills in our young men and women. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to speak at both Boys State and Girls State. Every year, these organizations bring together some of the most mature, bright, and ambitious young people from across Mississippi and I am honored to meet with them.
Office of the Mississippi State Treasurer
Post Office Box 138
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
P: 601.359.3600 / F: 601.359.2001