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St. Louis Fed Helps Teach Children to Save


ST. LOUIS – As we work to rebuild our economy, one of the most important investments we can make is in economic and financial education programs for ourselves and our children, and it’s never too early to start.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is sending volunteers into second-grade classrooms for Teach Children to Save Day, an event that will be celebrated in classrooms around the country during the week of April 22-26, 2013.

The volunteers will teach a lesson based on Less Than Zero, a children’s book by Stuart J. Murphy about a penguin who learns how to save money. Volunteers from the St. Louis Fed and 10 banks in the St. Louis metropolitan area will reach 4,350 students in 201 classrooms.

Teach Children to Save Day is a national initiative that brings financial institutions and financial literacy organizations together to provide basic personal finance education to elementary school students.

Media are invited to attend sessions taught by Barbara Flowers, a senior economic education specialist at the St. Louis Fed, to students at Rockport Heights Elementary School in Arnold, Mo.

The classes will take place at 9 and 10:15 a.m. April 25, 2013 at Rockport Heights, 3871 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, Mo. 63010.

The St. Louis Fed is committed to financial literacy in K-12 classrooms. The Bank offers free downloadable lesson plans, interactive whiteboard activities and online courses for classrooms ranging from elementary school to college. All of the materials are available at