In Celebration of April Savings Month, School Savings™ Kicks Off National “I’m Saving….” T-Shirt Design Contest

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Students enrolled in school-banking program compete to illustrate their saving dreams.

Beginning February 28th, student savers from Washington to Texas and California to New Hampshire will compete in the “I’m Saving” T-shirt Design Contest to inspire classmates and others that saving is a basic skill any child can develop. Through saving, students also learn financial responsibility and develop an appreciation for work.

Participating banks and credit unions such as Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank of MA, Titonka Savings Bank of IA and The People’s Bank of MS will announce their winning entries on April 1st in celebration of April—National Financial Literacy Month. “The self-confidence a child gains by building their own assets through saving is a powerful motivator. Harnessing that power to inspire other young people is what the contest is about, said School Savings President Cinnimin Avena.”

To participate, students simply submit a t-shirt design on the entry form that includes the words: "I'm Saving…." The design should illustrate 'How I'm Saving', 'Why I'm Saving', or 'What I'm Saving for'.

Co-sponsors, Save For America and SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM will name the national Grand, First and Second prize winners on April 6th, 2011. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $150 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Save For America School Savings is a state-of-the-art online school banking program managed by volunteer parents. It enables students with an account at any bank or credit union to make deposits into their savings account from school.

Parents and schools wishing to restart or begin a new School Savings Program may do so at SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM by clicking the Get My School Started tab. The program is funded through local sponsorships and community partnerships. Contact SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM for more information or to support school savings programs in your community call 1-888-787-7728.

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SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM is a social enterprise that empowers parents, in cooperation with schools and financial institutions, to re-instill the habit of saving in their children. The program has been used in more than 5000 schools since 1982. It provides a secure, innovative, affordable and convenient way for students to make savings deposits from school. It is the only school banking program approved by the US Department of Education. Visit SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM . For assistance registering or sponsoring schools, contact support(at)schoolsavings(dot)com or call toll free 1-888-787-7728.

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