Subject: Money Smart Week Essay Contest

Fayette County Public Library is celebrating Money Smart Week by collaborating with Altrusa of Connersville and the United Way. The agencies will be offering an essay contest for students in Grades 4 through 6. The topic is “Children should learn how to manage money when they are young so that they can be financially responsible adults”

“Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal fi-nances. (Money Smart Week) is celebrated once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy (how to manage money and understand how it works on the world), inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week… Partnering Organizations will host their events April 5 – 12, 2014. ” — from the website at

The purpose of the essay contest is to help children understand that being smart about money is important. The con-test is open to all students residing in Fayette County. Students may be from public, private, or home schools.


? Students will address the topic, “Children should learn how to manage money when they are young so that they can be financially responsible adults”

? Students are required to write an essay of 250 words minimum or 300 words maximum on the topic. Please note: Contestants will be asked to provide an exact word count on the entry form.

? Each essay submitted will be reviewed by three judges. One winner will be chosen for first place. One winner will be chosen for second place.

To conceal the identity of each contestant, each entry will be assigned a number by the contest or-ganizers; only the assigned number, and the grade level, of each contestant will be visible to the judges.


? The first place winner will receive $100. The second place winner will receive $50.

? Any essay which does not meet the guidelines may be disqualified.

? Original essays should be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font and double spaced.

? The essay must address the topic, “Children should learn how to manage money when they are young so that they can be financially responsible adults”

? Each entry must include a cover sheet which must include:


Author’s Name

Grade Level

Full Mailing Address

Phone Number

School/Home School (optional)

Word Count (exact)

? Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be properly cited. Failure to identi-fy any non-original material will result in disqualification.

? All entries are final. No revisions are accepted. The decisions of the judges are final.

? The entry deadline is Saturday, April 5th at 4:30pm.

Essay may be submitted by:

Email to OR

Hand delivery to the Children’s Room of Fayette County Public Library — Participants who hand deliver the essay will receive a free small bag of shredded money (while supplies last) OR

Mailed to Essay Contest, Fayette County Public Library, 828 Grand Avenue, Connersville, IN 47331 — Entries must be received by Saturday, April 5th at 4:30 pm.

For additional information please call Anne Marie at the Library at (765) 827-0883, or email

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Book lovers know how much fun it is to read.  You can travel to different countries, worlds or become someone else.  There are lots of ways to help your child learn to read.  I would like to share 5 fun ways to help your child learn to read.

1.  Read to them every day.  When reading make it an adventure, by using different voices for different characters.

2.  Involve them in the reading.  Okay, so your one year old may not be ready to read, but it is time to build on the foundations.  Have them point out items in the book.  If there are animals help them learn the sounds each animal makes.  Have fun.

3.  Talk.  Talk about the book that you are reading.  Talk about what you are doing when you are with your child.  The more words children hear, the better recognition they will have when they begin their journey reading.

4.   Pick educational shows that have book tie-ins.  Most children shows have books that go along.  Even though we worry about children watching to much tv we know that the action catches their interests.  Clifford the Big Red Dog is a favorite of young children. Did you know that the library has Clifford books?

Keep an eye on this blog for more ways to help your child be successful reader.

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