Ready.Save.Grow. Campaign Kick Offs America Saves Week 2013
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Ready.Save.Grow. campaign proudly joins the ranks of the more than 1,000 nonprofits, government agencies and businesses participating in America Saves Week 2013.
America Saves Week—February 24 through March 2—promotes good savings behavior and offers people a chance to assess their saving status. Managed by the Consumer Federation of America, the event reaches millions of people each year.
The Ready.Save.Grow. campaign offers turn-key materials you can use to encourage your constituents to save, including newsletter copy, sample social media posts and a web banner. To access these resources, visit www.treasurydirect.gov/readysavegrow or click on the America Saves Week Toolkit link in the Partner Tools/Resources section of this newsletter.
"Save Out Loud" Contest Winners Receive Prizes and Skype Visits with Treasurer Rios
The Ready.Save.Grow. "Save Out Loud" Facebook contest, which encouraged students in grades K-12 to submit photo and video essays about saving, concluded in January with a series of virtual visits between the contest winners and Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.
Four grand-prize winners received personalized plaques that included a commemorative coin from the U.S. Mint, autographed dollar bills from Treasurer Rios, and miniature engraved Liberty Bells for their schools. Four popular-vote winners also received plaques.
In addition to the commemorative prizes, three of the grand-prize winners participated in special virtual classroom visits with Treasurer Rios:
- Jeremy*, a student in Durham, N.C., joined a December 14 Skype session in recognition of his winning "Save for Art School" contest entry.
- Christopher*, of Milwaukee, Wis., received a December 17 Skype session for his "Big Time Saver" entry.
- Kolt, Dathan, Austin and Colin* of Prague, Okla., participated in a December 17 Skype session for their "Snuggies for Sandy Victims" submission.
During the virtual visits, Treasurer Rios congratulated the contest winners and answered questions from the students about her role as the Treasurer of the United States, her favorite part of her job, the Treasury Department's responsibilities and saving tips.
A fourth grand-prize winner, Michelle* of Millstone Township, N.J., had the opportunity to speak with Treasurer Rios in a one-on-one phone call on January 10 about her compelling savings story. Michelle called the experience "amazing."
The Ready.Save.Grow. campaign thanks its distinguished panel of judges and partner organizations for their support of the "Save Out Loud" contest and for helping communicate the value of starting to save at an early age.
*Last names, grade levels and school names withheld for privacy purposes.