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Johnson helps donate computer lab to Eagle Butte School

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EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., helped donate a computer lab to the staff and students of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School Oct. 15. Johnson, together with Visa, provided the school with 10 Apple iMac laptops, which included Visa’s money-management software to help teach students the importance of financial literacy.

“I have stressed the importance of financial literacy throughout my time in Congress, and I am proud to have partnered with Visa to provide students in Indian country with a high-tech way to enhance education and manage their budgets,” he said. “We are experiencing tough economic times, and there is no more crucial time to give future leaders the tools they need to help their local community.”

Johnson has urged all South Dakotans to be aware of their personal finances throughout his time in Congress. In 2006, Johnson crafted “Financial Matters: A Discussion of Actions South Dakotans Can Take to Achieve their Financial Goals,” a pamphlet designed to help promote financial awareness. The guide can be downloaded from his Senate Web site at http://johnson.senate.gov.

Nadine Eastman, acting principal at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School; Kristin Solheim, of Visa Inc.; and students from the high school joined Johnson at the event.

“It takes a whole lot of hard work to make ends meet as families tighten their budgets. These tools will help our young people better understand the value of preparing for their financial future,” Johnson continued.

He has also crafted his Hometown Prosperity Plan to help working families manage their budgets. The plan helps protect consumers’ pocketbooks from increasing energy costs, prescription drugs fees and health care expenses. The Hometown Prosperity Plan can be downloaded from Johnson’s Senate Web site.