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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 joined 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 hosted our 3rd Annual "Saving Money" art contest for Porter County students in grades K-8.

This year, we had an amazing number of entries -- 360 from schools throughout Porter County! The large number of entries made judging very competitive. We are very pleased to announce the following top winners in our 2018 contest, along with the titles of their art work.

Overall Top Artists

Joy Promnitz, Grade 1, Ethel R. Jones Elementary School, Portage. "Saving money is good to save for a long time."
Tito Ruiz, Grade 6, Union Township Middle School. "Saving money is a good way to plan for the unknown."
Drew Stoner, Grade 6, Union Township Middle School. "Saving money is good to save for a long time."

First-Place Winners

Yuki Yu, Grade 3, Parkview Elementary School, Valparaiso. "Saving money is important so I can have a good education."
Cameron Ensign, Grade 3, Porter Lakes Elementary School, Porter Township. "Saving money is sweet!"
Faith Mays, Grade 4, John Simatovich Elementary School, Union Township. "Saving money is like a flying pig."

First Runner-Up

Emma Ehrhardt, Grade 2, Parkview Elementary School, Valparaiso. "Saving money is important because you need a job and a house."
Maya Lynn Moench, Grade 2, Porter Lakes Elementary School, Porter Township. "Saving money is good because you can have healthy food choices."
Sadie Robinson, Grade 4, John Simatovich Elementary School, Union Township. "Saving money is pup-tastic."
Genesee Klimczak, Grade 6, Union Township Middle School, "Saving money is the rainbow on a rainy day."

Congratulations, students! Keep up the good work: Keep drawing and keep using your money wisely!

Students participating in the 2018 "Saving Money" art contest were invited to submit an original drawing or to decorate one of the two piggy bank designs. All drawings were titled "Saving money is ...." (with the students completing the title). All artwork was on display in the Porter County Administration Building during Money Smart Week® and through the spring tax bill season.

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Piggy bank design--simple border
             

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Piggy bank design--dollar bill border

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.