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Pensacola mayor to teach community how to better handle money

PENSACOLA -- Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward wants people to get their financial house in order. That's one of the things he campaigned on. Today the mayor kick-started a new program to help people with their Common Sense Pensacola is Mayor Ashton Hayward's latest endeavor, its purpose? To teach people how to better handle their money.  For Andrea Smith, getting a better handle on her finances could not have come at a better time.
"I signed up because I feel like I need the expertise of how to financially get myself out of debt,” said Smith.
Smith is one of the first to sign up for the financial classes. It's part of Hayward’s Common Sense financial literacy initiative. The free, four-hour class is open to all ages, and runs through November. It teaches budget and planning. The program also shows people how to establish good credit.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said, “So many people get a paycheck and go to a check cashing company, they don't go to a bank.  Some of them don't feel like they can walk into a bank and open a bank account, that's one of the critical things you want to teach your children.”
Friendship Baptist Church is playing host to the first set of financial literacy classes. Pastor, Lutimothy May said, this kind of community outreach is needed in the area.
“As a pastor and a church and as a city of Pensacola, we are here, Brownsville you're not forgotten and I feel we're on the brink of something great,” May said.
Hayward said helping residents get their finances in order will help boost the local economy in the long run.  
Larry Feacher is receiving financial help. He said, "I know for myself, I wasn't raised with the kind of financial literacy that's being taught right now so my hope is to incorporate something I can teach my kids so I’m really looking forward to it.”
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