Boosting financial literacy Brooks’ passion

MANY HATS: Margaret Brooks, president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, also heads the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education, advocating for more financial education for K-12 students, and is the director of the Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and also heads the school’s Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MANY HATS: Margaret Brooks, president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, also heads the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education, advocating for more financial education for K-12 students, and is the director of the Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and also heads the school’s Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Margaret Brooks is passionate about empowering the state’s vulnerable populations via financial literacy, a subject she knows intimately. The fourth of nine children growing up in Warwick, her family was very poor, she said, sometimes struggling to acquire food, clothing and other basic needs. As many parents in such situations do, hers worked to somewhat…
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