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Money Smart Week
The Porter County Auditor's Office is pleased to be a partner in Money Smart Week®, a national effort to promote financial literacy. Our office will join hundreds of  other partner organizations throughout the country in providing personal finance activities during April 21-28, 2018



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"Saving Money" Art Contest for Kids



As part of Money Smart Week®, the Porter County Auditor's Office is hosting the 3rd Annual "Saving Money" art contest for Porter County students in grades K-8.

Students are invited to decorate a piggy bank design with images and thoughts about the importance of saving money. Or, they may submit an original drawing about saving money. All artwork is to be titled "Saving Money Is _______" (students should complete the sentence).

All artwork will be displayed at the Porter County Auditor's Office during Money Smart Week®, April 21-28. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners.

Artwork should be returned to the Auditor's Office no later than 4 p.m. Friday, April 20. Include an entry form with each drawing: Saving Money Art Contest Entry Form

This year, we have two piggy bank designs to choose from! One has a simple border that students may decorate as they choose. The other has a border with a dollar bill design. To print up a design, click on the following:

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Piggy bank design--simple border
             

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Piggy bank design--dollar bill border


Schools, youth groups, and other organizations may arrange for us to deliver and pick up the designs. Just let us know how many designs you will want and when you need them. The designs are also available at the Porter County Auditor's Office.

To arrange for us to deliver/pick up the designs, email or call Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik at 219-465-3350 or Deputy Jenn Denny at 219-465-6074.

On the back of each drawing or on a separate piece of paper, each student should provide their name, address, contact information (phone or email), school name, grade in school, and the title of their drawing. Or, just use our entry form: Saving Money art contest entry form.

For more information about Money Smart Week®, see www.moneysmartweek.org





Below is information about our 2017 Money Smart Week® activities:

"Saving Money" 2017 Art Contest Winners

  We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Porter County Auditor's "Saving Money" art contest, held as part of Money Smart Week®.
  The overall top winner was a team of fifth grade students from Crisman Elementary School in Portage: Kyleigh Robinson, Abigail Smolnicky, and Hayley Wilson. These students designed a dollar bill with a message about saving money for a new art studio that they would like to open.
  The other top winners were Flint Lake Elementary School students Brody Logsdon, fifth grade, and Cloee Castro, fourth grade. Brody designed a dollar bill with a basketball theme and a message about saving money to buy a basketball hoop, while Cloee's design featured cats with a message about saving money to buy art supplies.
  Congratulations, students, and keep up the good work!

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Saving Money art contest winners from Crisman Elementary School are (left to right) students Kyleigh Robinson, Abigail Smolnicky, and Hayley Wilson. They are shown here with their winning design with art teacher Andrew Cox.


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Saving Money art contest winners from Flint Lake Elementary: Brody Logsdon of fifth grade and Cloee Castro of fourth grade. 


Saving Money Art Contest Entry Form
 
 

Workshops Held

  As part of Money Smart Week®, the Porter County Auditor's Office hosted two tax-related workshops on two very different topics.

  "Property Tax Deductions for Disabled Veterans, Seniors, and People with Disabilities" explored tax benefits available in Indiana. A special focus of this workshop was the new assessed value criteria for the Totally Disabled or Over 62 with a Partial Disability deduction.

  "Saving and Spending for College" addressed the rules, restrictions, and tax benefits of college savings programs as well as education tax benefits. A special focus was on the American Opportunity Credit and Lifelong Learning Credit, and how these credits can, and cannot, be combined with other tax benefits.


In the News

  Below are 
news articles about the Porter County Auditor's Office and Money Smart Week events in 2017:

Porter County Auditor announces Saving Money art contest, NWI Times
County Auditor to host tax workshops on veteran, senior benefits, college planning, Chesterton Tribune


About Money Smart Week®

  Money Smart Week® was launched by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 as a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. 

  The program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension, and the American Library Association.

  For more information about Money Smart Week and a calendar of programs and events, see the Money Smart Week webpage.