March 18, 2019, Council Bluffs, Iowa - Across the state of Iowa, March 30 through April 6 marks the launch of Money Smart Week 2019. The week, originally coordinated by The Chicago Fed, helps consumers manage their personal finances better. Programs are offered to all demographics and income levels, and cover all facets of personal finance.
Locally, the week will be filled with presentations by community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and financial experts, all designed to help consumers and families learn to better manage their personal finances.
To kick start the week, TS Institute, the non-profit arm of TS Banking Group, is teaming up with local organizations to host Scout Night on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 28 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. All girl and boy scouts will work on specific badge requirements related to money, participate in group challenges and games, and receive prizes including a free book.
“Helping students learn real life scenarios regarding their finances and future money management is a personal priority for me, my organization as well as this events committee,” said TS Institute Director of Financial Literacy and Money Smart Week Chair for SW Iowa Kyle Osborne,. “Money Smart Week is all about supporting one student, one consumer and one family at time to make wiser money choices.”
Other sponsors of the event include Malvern Bank, American National Bank, Availa Bank, First National Bank, Centris Credit Union, TS Bank, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Council Bluffs Public Library and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
TS Institute is also a proud sponsor of the Great Piggy Bank Pageant, designed for third grade students to learn three concepts: Where money comes from, how to get money and what to do with money when they receive it. Rue, Franklin, College View and Treynor Elementary are all participating. Students design a piggy bank and a classroom winner receives a five dollar cash prize.
Area students in grades 2-6 can also participate in a poster contest. The first place winner receives $600 certificate of deposit, and second and third place winners receive $300 certificate of deposit. All entries much be received by March 30 and submission forms can be found at moneysmartweek.com.
As a husband, a dad to four children and experiencing a large debt load coming out of college, the mission of financial literacy is critical and personal for Kyle Osborne.
“I know what it’s like to graduate college and be saddled with debt and wonder, ‘Am I ever going to get ahead?’ Thankfully, I received the education to put together a plan for myself and my family, but so many families are not equipped to do that,” he said.
Financial literacy is one of the core values at TS Bank and because of this the bank supports TS Institute. TS Institute is made possible by TS Bank’s mission to reinvest 10 percent of its pre-tax income back into the community. The non-profit was created in 2009 to collaborate with school districts and promote financial literacy, with a goal to provide a program to students, in grades K-12, with knowledge to make sound financial decisions.
The TS Institute presence is in each market place of TS Banking Group and within that state’s regions including Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Illinois. Since inception, TS Institute connected individually with students, teachers, and adults over 50,000 times through our classroom visits, teacher workshops, community events and in-school banking programs.
“It’s truly a joy to give people direction and hope in the form of financial education so they can see their family prosper in frustrating financial situations. That is who TS Institute is and why we are leaders in the financial education space,” said Osborne.
About TS Institute: TS Institute is made possible by TS Bank’s mission to reinvest 10 percent of its pre-tax income back into the community. The non-profit was created in 2009 to collaborate with school districts and promote financial literacy, with a goal to provide a program to students, in grades K-12, with knowledge to make sound financial decisions. Since inception, TS Institute has impacted over 50,000 students, teachers, and adults through our classroom visits, teacher workshops, community events and in-school banking programs.