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NIU students take Money Smart Week lessons to children at two DeKalb elementary schools

April 24, 2013
NIU students talk Monday to Tyler Elementary School fourth-graders about Money Smart Week.

NIU students talk Monday to Tyler Elementary School fourth-graders about Money Smart Week.

Two NIU students traveled Monday to DeKalb’s Tyler Elementary School to promote Money Smart Week.

A student actor portraying Benjamin Franklin spoke to fourth-grade students about financial literacy.

Booklets provided by Money Smart Week to familiarize each student with the topic. Each booklet contained key terms about economics, spending plans and banks and well as tips on making smart decisions about budgeting.

The visit to Tyler Elementary School served to inform the students about Money Smart Kids, an event scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at Fifth Third Bank, 2707 Sycamore Road. Children and parents can learn about financial literacy together.

Both events are sponsored by NIU, a Money Smart Week partner.

Meanwhile, NIU students will travel Thursday, April 25, to Jefferson Elementary School to promote the same campaign. Presentations will be given at 10 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. to two fourth-grade classes.

Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Money Smart Week program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association.

New 2013 national partners are the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Extension.

More than 3,000 free, financial literacy programs are offered nationwide during Money Smart Week on topics ranging from budgeting to saving for college and retirement. Events are coordinated and hosted by partnering organizations including local banks, universities, government agencies, community groups and libraries.

Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the state of Illinois on topics including kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement.