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Timothy O’Driscoll, director of Lakeland University’s Center for Economic Education and a longtime Wisconsin educator, was named a Legacy Award winner as part of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards.

The awards, selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, were announced recently by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. O’Driscoll was one of 18 individuals, businesses, and organizations who were honored.

The Legacy Award is given to an organization, business or individual whose purpose and heritage is ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability. This lifetime recognition is intended to be conferred once to the recipients.

O’Driscoll has gone far beyond the traditional classroom to educate and inspire others related to financial literacy. He has made more than 500 economic and financial literacy presentations for groups ranging from EconomicsWisconsin to Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, women’s clubs and public libraries.

During his 36 years of teaching at Arrowhead High School, O’Driscoll taught more than 10,000 students. In addition, his presentations to groups statewide have reached at least another 10,000 people.

O’Driscoll measured many programs’ results with pre- and post-presentations tests, and test results showed an average improvement in attendees’ financial knowledge of 20-30 percent.

This year’s winners will be honored at a ceremony at the Capitol later this year.

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