Some Money Smart Week Iowa programs take place statewide, so there are many locations hosting similar events. These include:
Essay contest for grades 7-11
The $1,000 first prize is sponsored by Iowa Bankers Association. Students submit an essay of 400 words or fewer to the state committee. The essay question and application can be found by clicking here. Essay finalists are announced just prior to Money Smart Week, and the winner reads his/her essay at one or more events during MSW.
Poster contest for 2nd-6th graders
The statewide prize is sponsored by Community Bankers of Iowa, which selects a state winner from all entries provided to them AFTER entries are displayed during Money Smart Week. Contest details are found at http://www.cbiaonline.org. Posters hang in each community (banks, businesses, libraries) during MSW. Local planning teams may also select a local winner (and offer a small prize) prior to sending all posters in for the statewide judging.
Money Smart Kids READ for 3rd-5th graders
This statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, invites grandparents and parents to bring their kids to select credit unions or libraries for a book reading and fun discussion on a money topic. Kids take home the book, one per family. It’s geared to students in 3rd to 5th grade.
GeoCache for College Cash – for college students
About 1,000 students played the GeoCache for College Cash game last year, and one student won $1,000 in college tuition, provided by Iowa JumpStart. To play, students find and read 7 posters, each discussing one personal finance topic. Using their mobile devices to scan QR codes, students left answers to seven quiz questions that every young adult should understand–car loans, college loans, cyber security, credit scores, paychecks, debit cards, and budgeting.
DASH for the STASH – investor education and protection program and contest
This contest is geared towards working adults, and sponsored by The Investor Protection Institute and Iowa Insurance Division. The prize is one $1,000 IRA contribution. Players use mobile phones, tablets or computers to access the quiz question found on four posters about investing, including: financial advisers, investor fraud, investment fees, and investing to build a nest egg. This contests’ dates are TBD.
Several communities host an event geared to achieving money management badges for scouting programs. Each community determines the age of scouts (girls and/or boys) to invite. Events are typically held at libraries, schools or community centers. MSW partners staff tables and teach about assigned topics. Scouts move to a new table every 15-20 minutes. Scout badges and/or certificates are provided to leaders to award later.
Great Piggy Bank Pageant – and contest on Pinterest
This two-part event is designed to promote saving, and it’s sponsored by Iowa JumpStart.
Part one: A MSW partner hosts an event to create and/or decorate piggy banks, and gives a short discussion on saving . Hosts can use cardboard piggy banks, or participants can create one from recycled materials. Part two: Piggy banks go on display at a pageant. The decorated piggy banks can be displayed at a venue such as a bank lobby or library – that’s a local pageant.
The Pinterest Pageant – Decorated piggy banks can be entered in the Pinterest contest, sponsored by Iowa JumpStart. For this pageant, take a photo of each piggy bank (bank only, no participants or identification) and upload it to the community Pinterest page. Iowa JumpStart awards a prize for: the decorated bank with the most likes, the piggy bank decorated most creatively, and the host site with the most decorated banks pinned.
Bike BASH and DASH
This statewide cycling event takes place on established bike trails and is sponsored by the MSW partner, the Iowa Insurance Division. The designated Money Smart Week planning teams choose a date for their local cycling event and offer the DASH for the STASH investor education contest. Each ride may include financial trivia along the route, and t-shirts are provided (for up to 100 riders).
Routes for 2018 have not yet been released.
Tele-Town Hall meeting
Iowa AARP will host a town hall-type meeting via phone. Attendees will hear financial tips from experts, followed by a Question & Answer session. While Iowans can listen via phone in their own home, they could also attend a locally hosted event with live streaming and a local Q&A session.)
“Set to Soar” Kite Fest
The Kite Fest is a two-part event, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
A) assemble a kite with a provided kit (indoor activity with supervision and a discussion on saving money and being resourceful.
B) gather outdoors to fly the kites. With the host’s direction, the kids (and parents) assemble their own kites. Having participants fly their kites is optional, and local hosts may offer prizes if they wish.
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