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4th Annual Money$mart Week
Release Date: February 21, 2008

The 4th Annual Money$mart Week in Sussex County

April 12 - 18, 2008

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The week of April 12 to 18, which has been designated as Money$mart Week (MSW) in Sussex County, provides county residents an opportunity to increase their financial knowledge by attending presentations given by dozens of area financial professionals. The sessions are non-commercial, free of charge, and offered at the Sussex County Administrative Center in Newton and the Sussex County Main Library in Frankford Township. One additional class will be held at Project Self Sufficiency in Newton. A complete list of Money$mart Week workshops and their times, dates, and locations can be found at www.aroundthearea.com and www.sussex.nj.us. Pre-registration for each program is requested by calling the sponsor’s phone number listed in the program schedule.

Money$mart Week begins with the third annual "Piggy Bank Pageant" on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3:15 pm at the Sussex County YMCA, 15 Wits End Road (off Route 94) in Hamburg. The pageant will be held in conjunction with the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day program.

All area children in grades pre-K through 6 are encouraged to participate in the Piggy Bank Pageant. Judging will take place while contest entrants and their parents participate in a series of financial education and other Healthy Kids Day activities from 1:00 to 2:45 pm, followed by a parade of contestants and the awarding of prizes. The Piggy Bank Pageant is designed to promote regular savings deposits starting early in life and teach children about the awesome power of compound interest. Pageant rules and registration forms are on the two Web sites listed above. There will also be financial education presentations at the YMCA’s Healthy Teens Night program on Friday, April 18, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the YMCA in Hamburg.

The financial workshops for adults will be held during both morning and evening hours on Tuesday through Thursday, April 15-17. Morning classes will be held at the main Sussex County Library on Route 655 in Frankford Township and include topics of interest especially to older adults (e.g., estate planning, managing retirement savings, legal concerns, financial planning in later life, and creating a retirement "paycheck").

In the evenings, there will be two presentation time slots from 6:30 to 7:45 pm and 8:00 to 9:30 pm at the Sussex County Administrative Center, 1 Spring Street in Newton. Participants can attend one or two classes each evening. Topics offered in the evening sessions are designed to appeal to working age adults and include retirement planning, investing, long-term care, low-maintenance financial planning strategies, and understanding future Social Security benefits.

Sussex County Money$mart Week was planned to promote the financial wellness of Sussex County citizens of all ages and incomes. It is the only financial education program of its type in the state of New Jersey and one of less than a dozen Money$mart Week programs conducted nationwide. Most of the other M$W programs are sponsored by regional Federal Reserve Banks and held in big cities such as Chicago and Detroit.

Sussex County Money$mart Week began in 2005 as an education event coordinated by Freeholder Susan Zellman. Under her leadership, a committee of more then 20 organizations works together to develop and promote this week-long program intended to enhance the financial well-being of all citizens of Sussex County. The Money$mart Week program received the Quality in Business...Quality in Living Chairman's Award from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce in 2006 for its outstanding service and educational outreach. It is coordinated by county government with sponsorship by Lakeland Bank, Valley National Bank, Sussex Bank, Sussex Mortgage, First Hope Bank, Noble Community Bank, Highlands State Bank, and Tri-Co Federal Credit Union.

County residents are encouraged to get "money smart" by attending as many workshops related to their financial concerns as they desire. A complete schedule of MSW events is available on the two Web sites listed above and will be published in The New Jersey Sunday Herald on Sunday, April 13. MSW brochures are also available at the offices of participating financial institutions.

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For more information on Money$mart email tspringer@sussex.nj.us.
 


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