Purdue Agriculture - In Focus

'Captain Cash' program earns Extension's Hancook Award

Hancook AwardA team of Extension educators and a specialist who developed a program that teaches basic financial management to students has received Purdue Extension's Ann Hancook Award.

The award, recognizing Extension educators and specialists who jointly develop programs focusing on families, was presented on November 10 during a luncheon at the annual Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference.

Team members of "Captain Cash Says" are Anetta Jones of Porter County, Jennifer Stefanick of Daviess County, Mary Lou Elbert of Warrick County, Rebecca Haynes-Bordas of Marion County, Naomi Bechtold of Marion County, Joan Grott of Porter County and David Evans, an Extension family resource management specialist in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences.

The program consists of four classroom sessions focusing on earning, saving, spending and borrowing money. Each session introduces vocabulary words, at least one basic economic concept and a game or activity. All lessons meet Indiana's academic standards for math and social studies.

The award is named in honor of Ann Hancook, a Purdue Extension program leader who died in 1993. Sponsors are the Indiana Extension Educators Association, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association and the Alpha Lambda chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension honor society.

Other awards presented by the Cooperative Extension Specialists Association were:

* Team Award to the dairy team of Mike Schutz and Tamilee Nennich of the Department of Animal Sciences, Nicole Olynk of the Department of Agricultural Economics), Jon Townsend of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Kelly Heckaman of Kosciusko County.

* Special Award to Paul Jones of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering for AgrAbility.

Epsilon Sigma Phi also presented Distinguished Service Awards to Lonnie Mason of Jefferson County and Edie Sutton of St. Joseph County.


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