Inland Empire Youth Poster Contest Stresses Importance of Financial Responsibility

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Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management invites elementary, middle, and high school students in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties a chance to win $100 savings bond.

In anticipation of financial literacy month in April of 2008, Springboard Non-profit Consumer Credit Management invites elementary through high school students in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to participate for the chance to win the nationwide BE MONEY WI$E poster contest and help promote the importance of wise money management.

Springboard will choose from the entries it receives the local poster in each grade category best conveying the theme "Financial Responsibility Begins with Me". The three grade-specific categories are: Elementary (3rd-5th grade), Middle (6th-8th grade), and High (9th-12th grade). Springboard invites participation from local youth groups, faith-based organizations, and other community youth programs as well as local schools. According to Dee Ann Chandler, Springboard's Education Director, "The poster contest is an excellent opportunity to promote financial education to young students as well as a positive lesson for people of all ages. Our agency is awarding a $100 savings bond and trophy to each elementary, middle school, and high school winner of our local contest, and all local participants will also receive certificates."

Springboard will submit the local winner from each category to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) where it will be judged against other entries from across the United States. National grade category winners will receive a t-shirt, plaque, and $100 savings bond, while the overall national winner will receive a t-shirt, plaque, a $500 savings bond and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC, to be recognized during Financial Literacy Month in April of 2008.

The deadline for submitting posters to Springboard for judging is Friday March 7, 2008. Local educators will receive letters with details on how to submit entries, or they may contact Springboard for complete rules and a poster contest entry form. Call 1-800-947-3752 and speak with Michelle Mealey at extension 817, or visit Springboard's website at http://www.credit.org/postercontest.htm to download complete rules and an entry form.

Springboard has been educating consumers on money and debt issues since 1974, and offers free confidential counseling and education to consumers nationwide. For more information on their services, or to talk to a counselor, call 800-WISE PLAN (800-947-3752), or visit http://www.credit.org.

About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
Springboard is a nonprofit credit education and financial counseling organization founded in 1974. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with debt, credit and money management through confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the Bankruptcy reform law. Springboard is a HUD approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies. The agency has several locations in California and offers face-to-face and nationwide phone counseling services. For more information on Springboard, call 1-800 WISE PLAN (1-800-947-3752) ext. 750 or visit their web site at http://www.credit.org
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