Students Spread the Fundamentals of Free Enterprise

Students in Kirksville received an early lesson on spending habits.

On Jan. 23 and 25, Truman’s Students in Free Enterprise team (SIFE) organized a project titled “SIFE Savings” at the Adair County Family YMCA.

This two-day event, designed for third- and fifth-grade children, included a discussion and a game focused on the difference between impulse and smart buying.

As part of the game, students were asked to make decisions about buying situations. They were also asked to keep track of their transactions in a savings register. At the end of the game the participants received prizes based on how much they had saved, thus demonstrating the consequences of poor spending choices.

SIFE is a global nonprofit organization represented by student teams on more than 1,600 university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.
Each year SIFE competitions take place worldwide, paying tribute to the education outreach projects.

Contact Jeni Long, Truman’s SIFE president, at or 314.973.0977 or visit their Web site at for more information.
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