Money Smart Kids

During Financial Literacy Month each year, there are several ways to engage youth in learning more about personal finance topics!  Schools can participate at any time during April.

Big Read Events (PreK & K-2 at Libraries) Public libraries host a story time and craft that feature the statewide Big Read book sponsored by COUNTRY Financial. Business volunteers read the financial literacy story and have a limited number of books to give away. Following story time, young children can enjoy a fun money craft to take home, along with a bookmark. The Big Read is open to children of all ages and no registration is required.  Participating libraries will be listed here, soon!

The 2018 Big Read Book:
Little Critter: Just Saving My Money  by Mercer Mayer

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.

Money Smart Kids Essay Contest (Gr 6-8)
Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to answer a middle school Money Smart Question and to write an essay response. Up to three finalists will be selected from the submitted essays. Essay finalists will be announced at the Money Smart Week Kick-Off Breakfast on April 20. The winning students will receive a surprise visit at their school from a MSW committee member and essay sponsors.

Winners may be videotaped reading their winning essays for sharing on social media. 

Money Smart High School Essay Scholarship Contest (Gr 9-12)
High School students in DeKalb County are encouraged to answer a Money Smart Prompt and to write a two-page essay response. A winning essay will be chosen for 4 schools participating this spring. Participating schools are listed, along with their essay business sponsor).  Click on the school name for the applicable scholarship flyer.

Essay finalists will be announced at the Money Smart Week Kick-Off Breakfast on April 20. Winners may be videotaped reading their winning essays for sharing on social media.

Geocache (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.

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

Dawn Littlefield
Executive Director
Kishwaukee United Way