Discovery Education and Jackson Charitable Foundation Launch

Elementary School Financial Literacy Program “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids”


 Engaging, Multi-Pronged Education Program for Grades K-6 Includes Classroom and Family Activities to Help Prepare Kids to Make Informed Money Decisions –


Silver Spring, Md. (April 17, 2017) – Teaching kids fundamental money management concepts and how to earn, save, spend and donate should start early. That’s why Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has partnered with the Jackson Charitable Foundation, which provides educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans, to offer elementary school classrooms nationwide a dynamic financial literacy program.


Developed for teachers, students and families, Cha-Ching™ Money Smart Kids! prepares students in kindergarten through grade 6 with knowledge, tools and the practice they need to make good financial decisions. The multi-year program includes no-cost classroom and family activities, educator guides, and more developed by Discovery Education’s award winning curriculum team, as well as colorful, animated videos featuring the cartoon band “Cha-Ching.”  These engaging activities can be used as stand-alone materials or can be integrated into elementary math and financial literacy lessons.


“When it comes to personal finance, we know that adult behaviors are influenced by childhood experiences,” said Jackson Charitable Foundation Executive Director Danielle Robinson. “Working with the educational experts at Discovery Education to introduce Cha-Ching in classrooms across the country, we hope to make a very positive impact on these students’ personal finance knowledge and future behaviors.”


Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Program Elements include:


  • Engaging Music Videos — Help children learn money management concepts with lively cartoon characters from the band and storylines around earning, saving, spending and donating; created by children’s educational media expert and Emmy-award winner Dr. Alice Wilder (Blue’s CluesSuper Why).


  • Classroom Activities —Provide K-6 educators with engaging activities to teach students be money smart.


  • Educator Guides — Help educators enhance background knowledge, make meaningful classroom connections, and leverage the Cha-Ching financial literacy videos and classroom activities.


  • Family Activities — Offer parents and families the tools and knowledge to teach their children to be money smart.


  • Sweepstakes — Promote positive money habits; launching during back-to-school 2017 for up to $10,000 in prizing.

Other program elements include a broad-based public service awareness (PSA) campaign running on Discovery Family; a financial literacy-themed professional development community event and a session at the Discovery Educator Network Global Virtual Conference.

“It’s never too early to introduce young minds to the concept of making smart decisions about money in both their public and private lives,” said Jackie Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “With Cha-Ching, Discovery Education and Jackson are helping students in such a fun way – through classroom resources and playful songs.”


“Discovery Education applauds Jackson Charitable Foundation for their leadership in supporting our youngest learners with the tools they need to understand the building blocks of financial literacy,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Cha-Ching helps young students engage with these important topics in a lively, cheerful way and empowers them with the information they need to make smart decisions.”


For more information about Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!, visit


About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at


About The Jackson Charitable Foundation

The Jackson Charitable Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of Jackson, is a 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation. Its mission is to provide educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans. Our vision is for all Americans to have the strong personal finance skills that allow people to live fuller, more self-directed lives. The Foundation works with Jackson associates and world-class partners to provide economic opportunities that build strong communities. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation and on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.


VariQuest Launches the First Educationally Focused Scan-to-Print Solution for the K–12 Market

The 36-inch Perfecta® 36000STP full-color poster printer is a robust yet compact printer that gives educators the freedom to print, scan, copy, and share


(Brooklyn Park, MN) April 18, 2017 — Varitronics, creator of the VariQuest® suite of solutions and leading provider of visual and kinesthetic learning tools for the K-12 market, is pleased to introduce its Perfecta® 36000STP full-color poster printer. This latest model has all the functionality of the award-winning Perfecta 2400, and the ease of use customers love about the ProImage® PosterPrinters and Poster Maker 3600. Its fully integrated scanner, mobile printing abilities, and direct USB printing and saving serve to improve school communication, differentiate instruction, bolster academic achievement, and enhance fundraising efforts.


The Perfecta 3600STP can scan documents up to 36 inches wide to convey a school’s brand, while giving the flexibility to scan small to big or big to small, all with minimal setup and a single power cord. Users also have the ability to print directly from a smartphone or tablet—and for connectivity there’s Wi-Fi Direct, enabling the printer’s own Wi-Fi hotspot that doesn’t require the use of a school’s network.


Perfecta 3600STP users have the option to bundle the printer with the VariQuest Design Center, preloaded with thousands of educationally relevant templates, graphics, and more. Teachers and administrators with any level of technical experience can use the Design Center to create instructional aides for the classroom, as well as eye-catching event banners and posters for school or district-wide initiatives.


“We’re proud to build on the legacy of our ProImage PosterPrinters and Poster Maker,” said David Grey, CEO of Varitronics. “The Perfecta 36000STP creates beautiful, large-scale projects without taking up too much space. It gives educators an easy way to communicate and connect with their students and the entire school community.”


VariQuest provides free resources for its customers through its online resource center. Printing tools include product-related content, poster templates and designs, professional development webinars, and workshop information. The resource center also provides product training and technical support.


For more information about the Perfecta 3600STP and other VariQuest products, visit


About Varitronics

Varitronics provides easy-to-use solutions that facilitate visual and kinesthetic learning. Our VariQuest® suite of products includes the award-winning Perfecta® Series Full Color Poster Printers, Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer with STEM curriculum, Design Center (powered by VariQuest Software), Cutout Maker, Poster Maker, Awards Maker, and Cold Laminator. Educators use the tools to differentiate instruction, improve student achievement, and increase student engagement. Our vision is to become a leading technology integrator for education and information purposes. For more information about VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools, visit


Haleyville Elementary School Receives the Third Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education 

Reading Horizon honors Haleyville for its substantially increased achievement rate among young, impassioned readers   


(SALT LAKE CITY) April 17, 2017 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, is thrilled to present the Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education to Haleyville Elementary School. The award will be presented to Haleyville at a school board meeting on April 25th.


Since implementing Reading Horizons for all kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms in the fall of 2015, this rural elementary school in northwest Alabama has seen its student achievement rate undergo a remarkable change. The most recent reports show that 100% of Haleyville Elementary’s kindergarten students are now on target for reading. And after expanding the implementation in 2016 to provide 2nd-graders with Reading Horizons Discovery®, a strategy-based reading program for K–3 students, more than 70% of both 1st– and 2nd-grade students have demonstrated improvement in reading since the fall.


The first two implementations were so successful that Haleyville is preparing to expand Reading Horizons Discovery® to the 3rd grade beginning in the fall of 2017.


“With the ability to read comes knowledge, and knowledge is power,” said Haleyville Principal Christy Bice. “Literacy is an invaluable, lifelong tool. Our classrooms are now filled with confidence and a renewed passion for learning.”


The staff at Haleyville Elementary, always dedicated to improving the reading opportunities for their students, took the foundation that Reading Horizons provides and built a school-wide literacy initiative responsible for these notable results. Combining their hard work and ingenuity with the curriculum, Haleyville successfully closed the achievement gap for its youngest kids and opened the door for their future.


“We are very impressed by the achievement rate among Haleyville’s students,” said Tyson Smith, President of Reading Horizons. “This highly qualified team has transformed the entire school literacy climate, improving not only their students’ school environment but going the extra mile to help strengthen their home and community environments as well. We love to see students’ passion for reading nourished wherever they go.”


After Haleyville’s literacy program was introduced two years ago, students’ success, interest in reading, and belief in themselves have soared. The teachers’ passion and vigor when working with the program equipped them to lay the foundation necessary for Haleyville’s reading efforts to succeed.


The Charlotte Lockhart award was created to embody the characteristics and core values of its namesake, Charlotte F. Lockhart. Nicknamed the “Biphonic Woman,” she was an exemplary educator and role model with a passion for teaching the world to read. The Orton-Gillingham-based method that Lockhart created is now the foundation of the entire Reading Horizons system. To honor her legacy, Reading Horizons grants the award to institutions and individuals who best exemplify the excellence in literacy education that she embodied and embraced.

The award is given on a quarterly basis. Previous winners include Neshaminy School District in Pennsylvania, which was honored for its renowned reading intervention program, and Stanton County Elementary School in Kansas, which was recognized for its blended approach to reading instruction.

About Reading Horizons 
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has been dedicated to perfecting a reading method that has proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. Reading Horizons products are research-based and use a multisensory system that provides explicit, systematic, and sequential decoding instruction. For more information, please visit