- courtesy of state treasurer's office
- The winning middle school poster by Maggie Warren
Sometimes learning pays off. In April, students from across Vermont were recognized for their work in two money-related programs sponsored by the state treasurer's office. Kids submitted 332 illustrations to the Be Money Wi$e Financial Literacy Poster Contest, showing how to create a plan for their money. Three winners in elementary, middle and high school divisions received $100 each, plus an additional $100 for their schools. Middle-school division winner Maggie Warren, from Williston Central School, drew construction workers building a brick wall, with bricks labeled "Save," "Donate," "Plan" and "Spend Wisely." More than 5,600 elementary school students also took part in the state's Reading is an Investment Program. Participants completed a personal reading log and read at least three books from a list of titles focused on basic financial concepts. Twenty students, chosen at random, won $250 college savings accounts. At an awards ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse on April 9, winners got the chance to tour the capitol building and visit the Vermont History Museum for free. "It was an exciting day for everyone," said Lisa Helme, director of financial literacy for the state treasurer's office.