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Fourth-grader honored in essay contest 

Hedge fund manager?

Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

Future CEO of Berkshire Hathaway?

The sky’s the limit for Conor Davoren, a money savvy fourth-grader in Elaine Slattery’s class at CMS. Conor recently finished second in an essay contest on saving money that was sponsored by Millington Savings Bank. (The future mogul first learned about the contest, held to recognize America Saves Week, while reading the business section of the Daily Record.)

“It feels good to save money,” Conor said. “Then when you have all your money saved up, you can buy something you really want.”

Recently, Conor saved up the money he gets from doing chores around the house to buy an iPod touch. He’s currently saving for a MacBook.

“I honestly don’t know where he gets it from,” said Jennifer Davoren, Conor’s mom. “We try to manage our finances well and I certainly hope it rubs off on our kids, but Conor just loves to save.”

One of the hit Christmas gifts this year for Conor was “Business In A Box,” a kit that teaches kids financial literacy and business tips. A DVD included in the box features a cartoon that provides advice from an animated version of Berkshire Hathaway’s legendary CEO, Warren Buffet. Conor wrote about the game and the billionaire investor, now one of his heroes, in the honored essay.

“This game [“Business In A Box”] explains to kids that it is bad to buy things on credit and not have enough money to pay it back,” Conor wrote. “As Warren Buffet, a cartoon character in the game, says ‘the more you learn the more you earn.’ Warren Buffet has a lot of money so he should know.”

As the runner-up in the contest, Conor received $95 from Millington, an awards certificate, a piggy bank, and a goody bag with assorted Millington merchandise such as a tee-shirt and pens.

District to offer summer science camp

This summer, something bold and imaginative is coming to Mount Olive. The district will introduce Innovation Station, a two-week-long program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Designed for students in grades 1–8, Innovation Station features hands-on learning in various topics ranging from CSI-style investigative technology and kite flying that teaches the fundamentals of flight, to rocketry and robotics.

“STEM isn’t the future, it’s the present,” said Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Superintendent of Schools. “Innovation Station will teach students the principles of STEM and also show how fun they are to apply. The goal is to inspire kids to explore their scientific interests and expand their curiosity. More and more careers will involve STEM and this program will help better prepare students for the world that they’ll live in as adults.”

The program will run from July 28 to August 8 at Mount Olive Middle School. Tuition is $200 per week and includes free transportation for Mount Olive students. Before and afterschool care will be available through the Mount Olive Child Care and Learning Center at an additional cost.

"STEM is the future for our economy and we need to encourage students to think, explore, and create within these subjects," said Peter Hughes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. "I'd love to take all the workshops myself. Who doesn't want to fly a drone or launch a rocket?"

For more information and to register, go to http://www.mtoliveboe.org/summercamp.

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