Ten Iowa Schools Receive $1,000 Award for Project Financial Literacy Participation Sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association
Ten Iowa schools have been selected to receive a $1,000 award from the Iowa Bankers Association and its member banks and for participating in Project Financial Literacy. Project Financial Literacy is a program designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with resources to measure and improve their financial literacy curriculum.
The awards and winning schools included:
- Highest Scoring School Award: ADM Senior High School, Adel (Sponsored by Raccoon Valley Bank)
- Most Improved School Award: Postville High School, Postville
- Highest Number of Participating Students Award: Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill
- Highest Percentage of Participating Students Award: Marquette Catholic School, Bellevue (Sponsored by Bellevue State Bank)
- Northwest Regional Participation Award: Spirit Lake Highs School, Spirit Lake
- Northeast Regional Participation Award: Jesup High School, Jesup
- Central Regional Participation Award: Ballard Community Senior High School, Huxley
- East Regional Participation Award: Regina Jr Sr High School, Iowa City (Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank)
- Southwest Regional Participation Award: Tri-Center High School, Neola
- Southeast Regional Participation Award: Pella High School
All Iowa schools who participated in this program by Feb. 13 were eligible for one of 10 awards. Nearly 50 Iowa schools participated in the program this year, reaching more than 1,800 students.
“Financial literacy education is so critical to these students’ future success, and to the economic success of our communities. All of the participating schools are to be commended for their work in promoting financial education with their participation in this program,” said Lori Ristau, vice president of marketing and communications for the Iowa Bankers Association. “This program also aligns perfectly with the core values of Iowa banks. Iowa banks are not only a resource for financial products and services, but also a resource for financial expertise and advice. Financial literacy is at the heart of what Iowa banks do.”
The winning schools can use the $1,000 award can be used to invest in their financial literacy programs or for providing scholarships to students.
Schools interested in participating in Project Financial Literacy next year can visit www.projectfl.org to learn more.
The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition is pleased announce it will once again offer its annual Personal Financial Literacy Conference. The conference provides a wealth of resources and information to help Iowa educators help their students with key financial literacy concepts.
Mark your calendars now to attend the conference Thursday, July 16. The conference will be at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center, located at 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway in Ankeny. We anticipate having a conference registration form available early to mid-May.
Interested in being a presenter?
We are also looking for conference presenters. If you are interested, we invite you to submit a proposal to present at the conference. The proposal deadline is May 22, 2015. Click here to access the proposal request form.
Want to exhibit at the conference:
If your organization is interested in exhibiting at the conference, please click here to fill out the exhibitor request form.
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.
The Iowa Financial Literacy Summit aims to educate students, educators, and the general public about the importance of financial literacy. The Summit includes breakout sessions for secondary students, educators, and the general public.
Details about the summit are as follows:
Dates: May 5, 2015
Times: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Iowa Events Center: HyVee Hall
Address: 730 Third Street, Des Moines
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 21, 2015
Registration covers meals and snacks throughout the day. Parking at the Iowa Events Center is $7.00 per car.
For more info click here.
The Iowa Finance Challenge is a new online financial literacy program available for middle and high school students. This online competition includes 30 questions for students to test their knowledge on income and money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. Students compete in teams of three or four in the challenge, and test individually to measure the knowledge they have gained.
In addition to providing students with a fun and engaging way to build their financial literacy knowledge, the challenge offers students the chance to win cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in April during Money Smart Week to the first, second and third place winning teams. The first place team will receive $25 per team member, the second place team will receive $15 per team member, and the third place team will receive $10 per team member. Every team that participates also is registered for a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Teachers interested in having students participate in the challenge can contact Erica Vonk of the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College at 712-722-6341 or Erica.Vonk@Dordt.edu. The challenge is being facilitated and managed by the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College, and made possible through a joint sponsorship by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition and Wells Fargo.
Visit their website at http://financechallenge.unl.edu and click on Iowa.
Saving for college? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Sign up today for one of many financial education programs during Money Smart Week® April 18-25, coordinated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of local partner organizations in your community.
Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies on topics including kids and money, credit building, managing student debt and retirement. Event information is available here.