April is National Financial Literacy Month & Smart Money Kids Read
April is right around the corner, and with it comes National Financial Literacy Month — a campaign driving organizations across the country to hold initiatives designed to improve and promote financial literacy.
One such initiative is the 2021 Michigan Smart Money Kids Read, sponsored by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation. The Smart Money Kids Read is giving 7,500 Michigan families a free copy of the children’s book Give It! by Cinders McLeod through virtual story time and craft events at 108 libraries across the state.
Events have been scheduled for April at public libraries across the state in partnership with Michigan credit unions, Michigan libraries and the Michigan Financial Wellness Network.
The books are funded by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) and most of the library events feature local credit union partnership and participation for supplemental financial education resources and crafts. The library events are now listed on the Michigan Financial Wellness Network’s event listing.
Michigan Financial Wellness, an initiative of the Michigan Financial Wellness Network, dedicated to providing Michigan residents with non-solicitous information, education and resources to become better stewards of their money. Partners come from all sectors, including credit unions, social service, business, government, education, not-for-profit, media and more. The schedule of events and other details are located on the Resources page.
MCUF cooperatively empowers credit unions to increase financial well-being by supporting community enrichment, financial education and credit union development initiatives. The Foundation has sponsored this annual initiative on behalf of Michigan credit unions since 2014 to increase family access to financial education resources and events.
MCUF sponsorship of this initiative increases credit union awareness with hundreds of libraries and 7,500 or more families annually. This program also provides opportunities for credit union community partnerships with libraries as most (87%) of the participating libraries are partnering with a local credit union for supplemental materials or crafts to go along with the free books provided by MCUF.
Check out Lt. Gov. Garlan Gilchrist reading Give It!:
A few of the program listings shown below. More are found here.
April 24, 11:00 AM, 30 minutes
$mart Money: Michigan Kids Read zoom storytime!
Join Miss Lauren for a smart money themed storytime featuring stories, songs and rhymes to help us learn about money. Don't forget to pick up your Smart Money Grab & Go kit featuring Give It! by Cinders McLeod and other goodies. Books, compliments of Michigan credit unions.
ORGANIZATION: Lenawee District Library
AUDIENCE: Pre-school - 2nd grade
April 15, 2:30 PM, 30 minutes
$mart Money: Michigan Kids Read storytime!
Join us for a traditional children's activity with a finance theme! Enjoy stories, crafts, and science experiments. Copies of Give It! compliments of Michigan credit unions.
ORGANIZATION: Sterling Heights Public Library
AUDIENCE: Pre-school aged children.
Smart Money Storytime!
Youth ages 2-4 can join us on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday the week of April 11, for Smart Money Storytimes. We will read stories about money and make a money craft. While supplies last, each family will also be given a free storybook about money to take home, compliments of Michigan Credit Unions.
ORGANIZATION: Flat Rock Public Library
Smart Money Story Hour!
Join our partner TBA Credit Union for a story hour of tales, activities and carryout bags including a free book. Kids are never too young to start learning the value of a dollar. "A penny saved is a penny earned!"
ORGANIZATION: Peninsula Community Library
AUDIENCE: K-2nd grade
We Can All Be $mart About Money!
Registration is required and starts on 3/30. Registration ends 4/13.
Join Royal Oak's OUR Credit Union and learn healthy money habits and savings strategies that will help you throughout your life! Each participant will receive a free money book and a craft.
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