Silver Spring, MD -In an effort to spread lessons in financial literacy to our nation´s youth, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is sponsoring the BE MONEY WI$E National Poster Contest in 2007.

The contest is designed to get young students thinking about how to manage money effectively and offers them a creative outlet to demonstrate their knowledge. It also offers the opportunity for local and national recognition for student artwork and rewards winners with U.S. savings bonds and other prizes.

The theme for the 2007 Contest is "Plant the Seed of Saving to Grow Your Future."

The contest will feature three grade categories: Elementary – 1st through 5th Grades; Middle – 6th though 9th Grades; and High – 10th through 12th Grades and entries will be judged on expression of the theme, artistic style, and creativity.

All National Financial Literacy Poster Contest entries must be submitted to an NFCC member agency for judging. The submission deadline for poster entries will be in early March 2007, specific deadlines will vary by NFCC member agency. To locate and contact your nearest NFCC member agency visit www.nfcc.org.

National finalists, as submitted by each NFCC member agency, will be judged and placed in contention for three national awards, one per grade category. An overall National Winner will also be chosen from the three category winners.

The national winner will be flown to Washington (with a parent) and presented with the national award as well as a $500 U.S. savings bond in late April during Financial Literacy Month.

For more information about the 2007 National Financial Literacy Month Poster Contest, visit www.nfcc.org.

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