As the economy continues to struggle, Pike County high schoolers are learning what not to do when it comes to finances.
Government bailout, credit cards and balancing a checkbook are among many topics discussed between Pike County students like Martin Larkin.
"They've helped because people know how to manage their selves financially and unlike in the past where you didn't have classes like this," says Larkin.
He and his class mates have the opportunity no other school in the state of Alabama has, a bank right inside their school.
The fully operational bank helps students manage their money. In addition, they'll learn valuable lessons.
Pike County High School Teacher, Sharon Denison, said, "They're already getting credit applications in the mail; that triggers something, you know, we learned about this, you know what do I need to do."
Denison says teaching finance classes are a great way for students to learn about our economy.
For senior Corey Lee, he says he won't get a credit card after learning about the dangers of debt.
"I won't need a credit card. I'm not going to get one. It's probably the reason we're in the situation that we're in now, you know, with the economy and everything," says Lee. "Hopefully everyone had these classes we won't be in this situation, you know, it's a very rude awakening class."
The financial program at Pike County High School also branches out to two other schools in the surrounding area.