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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2006

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Maria Hatzikonstantinou (703) 683-5004
Steve Burke (703) 683-5004

Visa USA Brings Practical Money Skills to Hillside High School

Hillside Receives Computers, Comprehensive Financial Literacy Program and Teacher Training

Durham, NC – May 22, 2006 – Visa USA and U.S. Congressman David E. Price, (D-4-NC), announced today that Hillside High School will receive new computers and Practical Money Skills for Life – Visa’s free, online and award-winning personal finance program. 

Congressman Price attended today’s computer donation event which included a demonstration of Practical Money Skills for Life by Hillside High School students. 

“We live in an increasingly complex financial world,” Price said.  “And given today’s competitive global marketplace, it is more important than ever that we start our students early with the right tools to plan their economic future.  With Visa’s generous gift, students at Hillside will be able to learn the ropes of financial planning, which will better prepare them for an independent and prosperous future.”

“It is a privilege to be here at Hillside High School today to provide the students and faculty with these useful money management learning tools,” said Rosetta Jones, vice president, Visa USA.   “Visa takes seriously its commitment to the advancement of personal finance education among all ages, especially students, and we encourage Hillside High School to make the most of what Practical Money Skills for Life has to offer them.”

“We are grateful to be receiving these new computers and access to Practical Money Skills for Life,” said Eunice Sanders, principal, Hillside High School. “Visa is providing an important financial literacy teaching resource today to our teachers and students, and we intend to make the most of it as we continue to prepare our students to become financially responsible adults.”  

Practical Money Skills for Life (www.PracticalMoneySkills.com) is an award-winning, online, teacher tested and teacher approved financial education program.  It is available for free, in English, Spanish and Chinese and is designed for teachers, students, parents and consumers.

This free educational resource provides teachers with lesson plans (kindergarten-college) mapped to their state education requirements, as well as teacher guides, overheads, instructional videos and CD-ROMs.  For students, there are interactive games and calculators designed to teach financial responsibility and important concepts such as earning, saving and budgeting money. 

Visa USA’s computer donation program for high schools is one of many of its ongoing outreach efforts to promote early and continuous financial education.  To date, Visa has donated more than 50 computer labs nationwide. 

About Visa USA:
Visa USA is the nation's leading payment brand and largest payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumers and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance, and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders in the payment system - Members, cardholders and merchants. Through its 13,500 Member financial institutions, more than 488 million Visa-branded cards have been issued to cardholders in the United States. Last year, U.S.-based financial institutions relied on Visa's processing system, VisaNet, to facilitate $1.3 trillion in transactions with unparalleled reliability.

Worldwide, cardholders in over 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume.

Visa offers a trusted, reliable and convenient way to access and mobilize financial resources - anytime, anywhere, anyway.

About the University of San Diego:
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,200 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.

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