By Kelaine Mish, Bookmobile Operator
The KDL Community Engagement Department and Bookmobile team, working in partnership with local branches of Arbor Financial Credit Union, received a grant from the Michigan Financial Awareness Network’s Smart Money: MI Kids Read program. In an effort to encourage families to increase their knowledge about financial wellness and discuss empowerment in its many forms, the Bookmobile team provided financial literacy focused activities at their community and school visits in April.
Additionally, the KDL Bookmobile team and Arbor Financial gave away copies of the book Count on Pablo by Barbara deRubertis. Bookmarks and information about the importance of savings accounts for preschool and elementary age students were also made available to parents and caregivers. Everyone had a great time with hands-on coin sorting and other money and math activities.
We hope you also enjoy this read-a-loud recording of Give It, by guest reader Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, presented by Smart Money: MI Kids Read, a program of the Michigan Financial Wellness Network.
Check out these resources for more Financial Literacy and Awareness tools you can use throughout the year:
Financial Literacy (michigan.gov): MI Financial Empowerment provides information and resources on banking basics, budgets, credit and debt, utility charges, mortgages, college costs, investments, retirement planning and protecting yourself from financial scams and fraud. There are some fun interactive kids' activities in the For Parents and For Educators sections.
$martPath for 1st through 8th graders, now connected to Michigan state standards. Made possible at no cost to districts, schools or teachers, with funding from the Michigan Credit Union Foundation. Now featuring All-Access Adapted Learning Guides and Racial & Social Justice Guides for each level of $martPath, as well as stand-alone videos to teach young students economic concepts. .
The following organizations also have financial literacy materials that may be of interest. (Click links below.)
-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
-Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
-Michigan Department of Attorney General
-Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services
-Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
-National Endowment for Financial Education