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Money Smart Kids

During Financial Literacy Month (April) each year, there are several ways to engage youth in learning more about personal finance topics! 

KID’S Read Events (Pre-school/Elementary) Throughout April, adult-led story times will be a fun way to introduce financial concepts. Thanks to Ally Financial, each participating family will take home the FREE book Count on Pablo by Barbara deRubertis & a discussion guide to reinforce the life lessons.

Be looking for Nelson the Rabbit! He will be visiting the libraries during special story times.

Cortland Community Library:  Wed & Thurs 10 am and Wed 4:30 pm
DeKalb Public Library:  Tues 9:30 and Wed 10:30 am
Sycamore Public Library:  Wed, & Thurs 10 am


Classroom Speakers (K-12 Schools) Business volunteers are available to visit classrooms and schools to talk about financial literacy topics and how students, parents, and teachers can make good financial decisions. Curriculum resources are left with each teacher, to support further topic discussion and classroom engagement. For information or to schedule a visit, contact Judith Dymond.


IL Personal Finance Challenge (Middle School) is an online competition that tests students’ knowledge of consumer and personal finance concepts.  A great assessment of student knowledge, with many online resources to support teaching financial literacy topics. Prizes are awarded to top scoring teams!  For more information, visit: the IPFC website or contact Debbie Kerman.


Money Smart CACHE! (Gr 9-12) is an online interactive personal finance game open to high school students. Youth play a simulation similar to Mario Brothers to learn important financial lessons that help Ben Franklin return to his own time with greater financial skills.

Educator Registration: By March 22
Game is open for play April 1-30


ROCKONOMIX (Gr 9-12) In teams of no more than 5, students rewrite the lyrics to a popular song so that it is about an economic/personal finance concept or group of concepts. Students then record the song and make a music video using their new lyrics. For details or to register, contact Judy Dymond. Registration deadline is April 15!


Money Smart High School Essay Scholarship Contest (Gr 9-12) DeKalb High School students are encouraged to enter this year’s contest by writing an essay answering the Money Smart Week prompt. One winning essay will be chosen to receive a $500 college scholarship, courtesy of Illinois Community Credit Union!  Deadline is April 11. If interested contact the guidance office at DeKalb High School.

The winner will be announced at the Money Smart Week Kick-Off Breakfast on March 29. The winner may be videotaped reading the essay - for sharing on social media.


Geocache (Kishwaukee College students)
Geocache events are based on the outdoor geocaching concept. Instead of locating and taking objects, players leave proof they found information about personal finance topics that every college student should understand. College students compete for swag, gift cards, and possible scholarship money each spring. For more information, contact Meaghan Cassinelli


Resources/Lesson Plans

For more information, please do not hesitate to email us: dawn@kishwaukeeunitedway.com.

Get Involved

Contact Us

For more information about the Money Smart Week financial literacy collaborative, please contact:

Dawn Littlefield
Executive Director
Kishwaukee United Way
815-756-7522
dawn@kishwaukeeunitedway.com

Get Involved

Contact Us

For more information about the Money Smart Week financial literacy collaborative, please contact:

Dawn Littlefield
Executive Director
Kishwaukee United Way
815-756-7522
dawn@kishwaukeeunitedway.com