SOURCE: National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

January 13, 2011 15:34 ET

NFCC Announces the 2011 Be Money-Wise National Financial Literacy Poster Contest

A Fun Chance for Youth of All Ages to Get a Head Start Towards a Smart Financial Future

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) -  We've all learned the importance of making smart money choices through experience, but did you know financial experts agree that starting early in life is one of the keys to later financial success? The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is spreading awareness about a fun chance for youth of all ages to get a head start towards a smart financial future!

In an effort to increase interest in financial literacy to our nation's youth, the NFCC is once again sponsoring the 2011 Be Money-Wise National Financial Literacy Poster Contest and has chosen "Be a $uperhero! $ave Money!" as this year's theme. The contest is a great way to get young students thinking about how to manage money effectively, and offers them a creative outlet to demonstrate their knowledge. The contest also provides the opportunity for local and national recognition for student artwork and rewards the winners with US savings bonds as well as other prizes!

Do you have someone in mind that you feel has the talent and creativity to win? All school-aged children in grades 3-12 are eligible to enter with local and national winners to be chosen from each of three grade categories. Students from public, private, and home-schools are welcome. Entries will be judged by expression of the theme (above), artistic style, creativity, and must be submitted through an NFCC Member Agency for judging. *The submission deadline for poster entries is in February 2011, varying by each specific member agency.

National finalists will be judged in Washington, DC in mid-March and placed in contention for three national awards, one per each of the three grade categories. An overall national winner will then be chosen from the three category winners. The winner will be presented with the national award plaque as well as a $500 savings bond during Financial Literacy Month in Washington, DC at the JumpStart Coalition's Annual Awards Dinner in April!

Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to visit www.moneywisepostercontest.org to find rules, entry forms, and submission details.

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation's largest and longest-serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC's mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its Members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. With more than 800 community-based offices nationwide, NFCC member agency educators are uniquely qualified to deliver important financial education. To find an NFCC agency near you, call 1-800-388-2227 or visit www.nfcc.org. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, and on our financial education blog at http://financialeducation.nfcc.org.

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