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"Save Out Loud" Photo and Video Contest

The four grand prize winners of the U.S. Treasury's "Save Out Loud" Photo and Video Contest received a congratulatory call from Treasurer of the United Sates Rosie Rios.

Grand Prize: A Virtual Video Visit.Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios displays a $100 bill bearing her signature to students at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham, NC, including Jeremy, whose video Saving for Art School won in the K-6 category. The Treasurer visited with Jeremy's class via Skype.

Grand Prize: A Virtual Video Visit. Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios displays a $100 bill bearing her signature to students at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham, NC, including Jeremy, whose video “Saving for Art School” won in the K-6 category. The Treasurer visited with Jeremy’s class via Skype.

Grand Prize Winners

Grand Prize Winners were selected for best photo and video in grades K - 6 and in grades 7 - 12.

Video K - 6
Save Out Loud Grand Prize Winner - Art School
Video 7 - 12
Save Out Loud Grand Prize Winner - Saving for Security
Jeremy, Durham, NC
for "Saving for Art School"
Michelle, Millstone Township, NJ
for "Saving for Security"
Photo K - 6
Christopher for "Big Time Saver!"

Christopher for "Big Time Saver!"

Christopher for "Big Time Saver!"

BIG TIME SAVER: Christopher Paige is a very energetic kindergartener! Our school has a required financial literacy curriculum at each grade level from K4-8. Christopher is learning about the importance of saving at a very early age. Our school has a partnership with a local bank and all students are strongly encouraged to participate by opening savings accounts. The bank partnership was started as a hands-on approach to assist in teaching financial literacy to students. Christopher started by saving his coins in his giant blue piggy bank at home. Once his piggy bank was nearly full he kept pressuring his mom to take him in to open his new savings account. One day Christopher came charging through the door with his mom behind him. He could barely carry the heavy bank but he made it to the counter. It turned out the bank had just over $10 so Christopher had plenty of money to open his initial account. He now saves at least $5-$10 a month. Can you imagine the financial situation Christopher will be in if he continues this pattern until he is an adult??

He says he wants to save for two things. First he wants to be a doctor so he will need to save for college. Then he wants to save for his own dance studio because he says he likes to dance like Michael Jackson!!! At the rate he is going there is no doubt that he will accomplish both of these goals!!

Photo 7 - 12
Kolt, Colin, Dathan and Austin for "Snuggies for Sandy Victims"

Kolt, Colin, Dathan and Austin for "Snuggies for Sandy Victims"

<Kolt, Colin, Dathan and Austin for "Snuggies for Sandy Victims"

SNUGGIES FOR SANDY VICTIMS: Our savings project is to save enough money to buy 42 blankets for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. In our accounting class, our teacher encouraged us to learn how to save. After our unit on Savings we decided to save money for a good cause; Superstorm Sandy victims, who are still without power as winter approaches. We have acquired assistance from our local Business Professionals of America organization as well. Each member has pledged to save $5.00 for 2 months. Our BPA organization has 55 members, which would bring our total income to $550.00. This would buy 42 blankets at $13 a blanket. We plan to ship these blankets to the Point Pleasant Beach area so that they will arrive by January 1, 2013. Shipping cost will be donated by the teacher. Our money will be saved in a local savings account until we have reached our goal so that we can earn a small amount of interest. We hope our savings project will encourage us to be life-long savers while also benefiting the victims of the Superstorm.

Christopher, Milwaukee, WI
for "Big Time Saver"
Kolt, Colin, Dathan and Austin, Prague, OK
for "Snuggies for Sandy Victims"

Popular Vote Winners

Popular Vote Winners were selected by the public's vote for photos and videos in grades K - 6 and in grades 7 - 12.

Video K - 6
Save Out Loud Grand Prize Winner - Cassie Saves Out Loud
Video 7 - 12
Save Out Loud Grand Prize Winner - Lilly College Fund
Cassie, Pearland, TX
for "Cassie Saves Outloud"
Alexa, Carley, Destiny and Jeffrey, Prague, OK
for "Lilly's College Fund"
Photo K - 6
Madison for "Pennies from Heaven: My College Fund"

Madison for "Pennies from Heaven: My College Fund"

<Madison for "Pennies from Heaven: My College Fund"

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN: My College Fund One Found Penny at a Time. My name is Madison. I am 8 years old and in third grade. I want to tell you about my savings goal. I like to save money. I have a bank account. I have more money than my brother. I am 3 years younger than my poor brother. My mommy showed me a news story about Faith Hammock and Kyla Gilbert. Faith was able to collect 500,000 pennies by collecting found pennies, saved pennies, and all her family and friends helped. When Kyla turned 18 she was given a $5,000 check by her godmother Faith. The money was to help her pay for college. I have started to save pennies and other money too. What I find challenging is that it is kind of hard to keep track of the money. I do not always know how much money I have, sometimes I lose the money. It is hard to keep track of change because it is so small. Also, sometimes I really want to spend it. When I find something I want to buy, I have to remind myself that the money will not be available to save if I spend it. Some times when I spend my money, I buy something I wish I had not bought. My goal is to save enough money for my first year of college.

Photo 7 - 12
Maddy for Savings are Magical

Maddy for "Savings are Magical"

Maddy for "Savings are Magical"

SAVINGS ARE MAGICAL: Last year, my family took a trip down to Orlando, Florida as a vacation over spring break. We were going to Universal Studios and Disney World. To put it simply, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have followed it since day one and know all the facts. An attraction at Universal Studios is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was thrilled. They have shops from the books and movies replicated on the streets full of souvenirs. When I discovered this, I went and researched how much money I needed to save to get anything I wanted there. For 4 months, I saved my babysitting money, birthday checks, and allowance. I had saved 300 dollars. When I got to Universal Studios, I was beyond happy. I got props from the movie, candy, shirts, and my own wand. It is something I will never forget. I am so happy I saved the money and was able to go on that vacation.

Madison, Woodridge, VA
for "Pennies from Heaven:
My College Fund"
Maddy, Canfield, OH
for "Savings are Magical"

Contest entries were judged for their originality, creativity, emotional impact and support of the concept of saving. Grand Prize Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges, including:

  • Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States
  • Van Zeck, Commissioner emeritus, Bureau of the Public Debt, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Beth Kobliner, financial journalist and member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability
  • David Mancl, Director, Office of Financial Literacy, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; State of Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition Leader
  • Nan Morrison, President and CEO, Council for Economic Education

Related Coverage

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, "BEAM sheds light on finanacial literacy for young students" (01/24/2013)
Treasury Notes Blog, "Treasurer Rios visits classrooms of "Save Out Loud" contest winners"
(01/03/2013)
The Durham Herald-Sun, "A visit from the Treasurer"
(12/14/2012)

Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios talks about Shout Out Loud Contest
Video: Grand Prize Winners
All Save Out Loud Winners


Photos: Winners talk to Treasurer Rios
Photo 7-12 category winners from Prague High School in Prague, OK, participate in a classroom Q&A with Treasurer Rios. Their group entry is entitled, Snuggies for Sandy Victims.
Photo 7-12 category winners from Prague High School in Prague, OK, participate in a classroom Q&A with Treasurer Rios. Their group entry is entitled, "Snuggies for Sandy Victims."
Christopher, a student at the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), holds up a dollar bill signed  by Treasurer Rios. Christopher is the winner of the K-6 Photo category for Big Time Saver
Christopher, a student at the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), holds up a dollar bill signed by Treasurer Rios. Christopher is the winner of the K-6 Photo category for "Big Time Saver".
Michelle of Millstone Township, NJ, the winner in the 7-12 video category, holds her commemorative plaque as she receives warm congratulations from Treasurer Rios. Her video entry was Saving for Security.
Michelle of Millstone Township, NJ, the winner in the 7-12 video category, holds her commemorative plaque as she receives warm congratulations from Treasurer Rios. Her video entry was "Saving for Security."