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Meisner Announces New Financial Literacy Arts Contest

Winners to earn scholarships, have art displayed in Treasurers Office

Public Date: March 18, 2010
Contact: Andy Meisner
Phone Number: 248-858-0624

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is pleased to announce the first, annual "Treasurer Meisner Financial Literacy Multimedia Arts Contest" for Oakland County middle and high school students, with winners earning college scholarship money and the opportunity to have their work displayed in the County Treasurer Offices.

"Now more than ever, our students must be equipped with the financial literacy skills they’ll need to control their finances, instead of their finances controlling them," said Meisner.  "My hope is that students can use their favorite art form to think in new ways about money and finances, and that we can increase awareness of this critical area."

Participating students are being provided with real "benchmarks" from Michigan's curriculum in the financial literacy area, including that students demonstrate the ability to: (1) take responsibility for personal financial decisions; (2) make financial decisions by systematically considering alternatives and consequences; (3) develop a plan for spending and saving; and (4) develop a personal financial plan.

"I want Oakland County citizens to know that their Treasurer is taking a stand to promote financial literacy, something that is in all of our interests, especially when we're talking about paying taxes on time," said Meisner. 
"I hope all of our students will graduate with confidence about how to handle their finances."

Entry forms are available through the Treasurer's office, Oakland Schools and are being distributed throughout Oakland County.  The final deadline for all submissions to be received at the Treasurer's office is April 15, 2010, though individual teachers will decide their own deadlines.  Students will be judged primarily on how well they use their artistic vision to interpret and portray the theme of financial literacy.

The contest is made possible through the support and collaboration of Oakland Schools, private schools throughout the county, and Fifth Third Bank.  For more information, contact Lauren Borson at 248-858-0627.