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Katherine Currier, an eighth grader at Goodrell Middle School, has won the statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid. Currier was recognized April 24 at Goodrell Middle School. Currier will also receive a $1,000 Certificate of Deposit sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.
“Financial education is an important subject for students to learn early, and it is exciting to see these students’ learning more about real-world applications and solutions to help with saving,” said Lori Ristau, vice president of marketing and communications at the Iowa Bankers Association. “Iowa banks are committed to helping Iowans reach their financial goals, and providing access to financial education resources through programs like Money Smart Week is just one of the many ways banks can help. That is why we are happy to sponsor this fun and educational opportunity for Iowa students on behalf of our member banks.”
Approximately 229 students from across the state participated in the essay contest. To be eligible, students had to be in grades seventh through eleventh and submit a 300-word essay. The essay asked students to describe the biggest obstacle to saving money and what technological and/or banking solutions might help them (and their friends) begin to save. The top six essay finalists also participated in an interview with contest judges. From those finalists, Katherine Currier was selected to be the 2015 Money Smart Kid.
“For the second straight year, we have had over 200 essays from bright students across Iowa,” said Matt Brown, chair for the Money Smart Youth Outreach Committee. “This year’s question placed a fundamental financial concept–saving–in front of middle and high school students, and we got a glimpse of the future by reading their creative ideas for technological and/or banking solutions. I could not be more pleased or hopeful for Iowa’s future.”
Currier wrote in her award-winning essay, “Many people start saving money, but soon quit because the urge to spend gets the better of them. The sooner kids are encouraged to save, the sooner they develop good habits for balancing wants and needs.”
Currier is the daughter of Larry and Vona Currier. As Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid, Currier will serve as a spokesperson promoting financial education during Money Smart Week, April 18-25, in communities across the state. In addition to Currier, the five essay finalists were: Samantha Dilocker (Red Oak), Laura Stowater (Algona), Rachel Kerger (Ankeny), Andrew Wise (Johnston) and Christian Elliott (Bettendorf).
More information about Money Smart Week is available at www.moneysmartweek.org.
We would like to recognize the Iowa Attorney General’s Office as our current Member Spotlight. The Iowa AG is an advocate and resource for Iowans, providing consumer protection and information. Their website states that “The Consumer Protection Division protects Iowa consumers from fraud, ensures fair competition in the workplace, and informs the public about consumer frauds and how to avoid becoming a consumer fraud victim.” They frequently post information and alerts on their website to help Iowans protect their financial assets by preventing fraud. They also have a partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide a website called Be There that offers helpful information and links for strengthening families through good parenting. This website includes a money management section as well.
This long time member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Debra Moore. She has been an integral part of the coalition and has participated as president of the coalition and countless volunteer positions in committees such as teacher conference, marketing, and Money Smart Week.
You may find more about this member at: https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/
First, on March 9, he signed a proclamation declaring April 18-25 Money Smart Week. Members of the Jump$tart Coalition attended the proclamation signing (pictured above).
Then, on April 1, he also signed another proclamation declaring the month of April Financial Literacy month. In the proclamation, he states, “the state of Iowa believes knowledge of personal finance is essential for the success of citizens and state.”
Click here to learn more about how you can participate in financial literacy activities during Money Smart Week and Financial Literacy Month.
Today we would like to recognize Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who is represented by Mary Beth Kaufman and Margaret Van Ginkel.
ISU Extention and Outreach contains a division of human sciences that offers many resources including those for family finances. They offer classes and information to the public about a wide range of financial issues.
Mary Beth who is Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension in September received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award which recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State Extension staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. They describe her as being on the cutting edge of emerging issues such as flood recovery, mental health and poverty reduction. As well as JumpStart she is part of the leadership in Money Smart Week in Council Bluffs and Shelby County, and is Iowa’s liaison for the High School Financial Planning Program.
Margaret VanGinkel is also a Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension and currently serves as Secretary for the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. She received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award a few years ago. She manages the program in 4 counties which provides basic financial literacy to children and adults. She also helps with the hotline where people can call in to receive help for various financial issues. She is a very important resource as speaker and advisor for MoneySmart week. She also helps provide information to the public about retirement financial literacy.
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TS Institute was recognized with the Money Smarts Banky® Award for Financial Literacy Education as a result of their extraordinary service to their clients and their community through a commitment to financial literacy programs. TS Institute, a part of the TS Banking Group, serves K‐12 students in their community and beyond.
“It is an honor to receive such an award and to be able to provide a unique and authentic opportunity for students and community members to deepen their understanding and application of financial literacy skills,” said Bob Mantell, Director of the TS Institute.
The Banky® Awards exist to highlight the vital role that local, community banks play in our economy. The Bankys® recognize the best of what community banks offer to our cities, towns and our nation.
Bob Mantell, Director of the TS Institute accepted the award from Roxanne Emmerich at the Profit‐Growth Banking Summit in Chicago on Sept. 11. Click here to read more about this award.
Iowa Jump$tart is a coalition of members who seek to improve the personal financial literacy of all Iowans. To help you get to know our board members better, we will periodically spotlight members here.
For this spotlight, we are featuring Mike Johnson. Mike brings a wealth of financial education knowledge to the board – with his experience in helping both students and adults. Mike started teaching economics in high school 14 years ago, and is currently a teacher at SE Polk High School — where he helps teach students about financial literacy. Mike just started working as a financial planner, and in addition to teaching, also is an advisor with AO Wealth Advisory in Urbandale.
On July 17, a group of Iowa teachers attended the Iowa Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference in Ankeny, Iowa. This annual conference highlights financial literacy programs and materials available for educators to use in the classroom in order to teach the subject of financial literacy to Iowa students.
Opening keynote speakers included Kenneth McDonnell of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Bill Cheeks of the National Jump$tart Coalition. McDonnell shared information on financial literacy resources available from the CFPB, including tools to help consumers with questions about paying for college and understanding mortgages. Cheeks provided an update on resources available from the National Jump$tart Coalition, including opportunities to attend their National Educators Conference Nov. 8-10 in Los Angeles.
Mary Suiter of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was the keynote speaker during the lunch hour, and discussed the variety of financial literacy resources available from her organization. The St. Louis Fed offers economics and personal finance education resources segmented by educational level, such as elementary school, middle school, high school and college, through their Econlowdown program.
Closing keynote speakers were TS Bank Institute’s Bob Mantell and Kyle Osborne. Leading an interactive session, Mantell and Osborne discussed their blueprint to improve financial literacy for students and shared a variety of free financial literacy resources available for teachers. TS Bank is currently involved with in-school banking and after school programs, as well as offering professional development resources for teachers so they feel prepared and comfortable teaching financial literacy material.
In addition to the keynote speakers, breakout sessions providing additional resources and information were held by representatives from the Iowa Attorney & General’s Office, Wells Fargo, MECCA, Dordt College, Financial Capability Network, Davenport Community School District, and AskMrG Consulting, LLC.
All of the speakers shared a multitude of financial literacy programs and classroom materials ranging from online games for improving financial skills to information for teens starting the journey to financial independence. The conference helped inspire and give new ideas to all levels of educators as they prepare for the new school year.