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Money Smart Week 2020 has been cancelled

Money Smart Week 2020 Chairs and Supporters,
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has canceled the 2020 Money Smart Week campaign scheduled for April 4-11, 2020. 
We are announcing this decision now to provide the Money Smart community with ample time to adjust schedules.
Please cancel all Money Smart Week events, advertising and related efforts within your local communities.
The Money Smart Week National Team is coordinating a series of short consumer-friendly webinars to take place during the month of April, which is Financial Literacy Month. Details to come.  
 
If you have any questions, please post them on our communities platform.
We look forward to reengaging with you for Money Smart Week 2021.
-The Money Smart Week National Team
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Iowa Teachers Going to Washington D.C.

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Six teachers that attended the Iowa Jump$tart Conference on June 14th, 2019 will be going to Washington D.C. to be a part of the biggest Financial Literacy Conference in the nation.  They applied and received the Iowa Jump$start Scholarship Award to enable them to attend the 2019 Jump$tart National Educator Conference on November 1-3.  Congratulations to these Iowa teachers! (picture does not match the order of list below)

  • Dan James from Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District, Dallas Center
  • Teresa Blackburn-Bentz from Glidden-Ralson Community School District, Glidden
  • Matt Graham from Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Garner
  • Bonnie Pohl from Gilbert Community School District, Gilbert
  • Chealsee Klindt from Meredith Middle School, Des Moines
  • Abby Donald from Mason City High School, Mason City

Matt Pohlman from Mason Northwest was also a recipient, but he will not be attending.

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Governor Proclaims April as Financial Literacy Awareness Month

In this month of April, Iowa Jump$tart would like to encourage all Iowans to take a moment to think about how they can improve their financial capabilities.  Maybe make a goal to read a book or take a community class.  If you need guidance, Iowa Jump$tart and its many partners will gladly help you find resources to help you reach your goals.  When you look at it’s core, money is important to our survival and quality of life.  We know how difficult it can be to pay back college loans, to pay taxes, to understand insurance, or to recover from a financial loss like divorce or natural disaster.  We are all in this together.

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Owen Schobert named 2019 Money Smart Kid

2019 MSW Winner and FinalistsOwen Schobert, an eighth grader at Lansing Middle School in Lansing, has won the 13th annual statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2019 Money Smart Kid. Schobert also received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association to put toward his college education.

Forty-one students from across the state participated in the 2019 Money Smart Week Essay Contest. Any Iowa student in grades seven through 11 was eligible to submit a 400-word essay. This year’s prompt asked students to explain what income volatility is and who is prone to experience it. Students were also asked to include tips and resources on how to prepare for sudden fluctuation in income.

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Iowa Student Loan Offers Two Programs to Help Pay for College This Fall

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Iowa Student Loan is offering two opportunities to help families pay for college this fall.

  • College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway: Now through Oct. 21, parents and guardians of students in grades 6-12 can register to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa deposit. Fifty winner will be chosen.
  • Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Beginning Oct. 22, high school seniors can register online and complete the designated components of the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship for a chance to win one of 30 scholarships for $2,000. There are no GPA, merit or financial requirements.

Click here to learn more about both programs.

News/Accolades

Oct. 18 is Get Smart About Credit Day

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The Get Smart About Credit program – sponsored by the American Bankers Association Engagement Foundation – is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely. Hundreds of banks from across the country – and in Iowa – volunteer to teach the program in their local schools. To learn more about the program, and to find participating banks in your area, click here. And mark your calendar for Oct. 18, 2018, to celebrate Get Smart About Credit Day!