Some young boys and girls want to be superheroes, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is providing students with the opportunity to contemplate being a financial superhero and express it through art.

To spread lessons in financial literacy to the nation’s youths, the NFCC again is sponsoring the Be Money Wi$e National Financial Literacy Poster Contest for 2011. The contest is designed to get students thinking about how to manage money effectively and offers them creative outlets to demonstrate their knowledge.

The theme of the NFCC’s 2011 Be Money Wise Poster Contest is “Be a $uperhero! $ave Money!”

All school-aged children in grades three to 12 are eligible to enter, with local and national winners to be chosen from each of three grade categories. Students from public or private schools may enter the contest, as well as home-schooled children or those in after-school programs.

Entries will be judged on expression of the theme, artistic style and creativity, and must be submitted to an <a href=>NFCC member agency</a> for local judging. The submission deadline for poster entries is in February, with varying deadlines set by the member agency.

Local winners become national finalists, as submitted by each NFCC member agency. National finalists will be in contention for three national awards, one per grade category, by a panel of judges representing academia, the media and government. A national winner also will be chosen from the three category winners.

All national finalists will receive commemorative T-shirts acknowledging their achievements. Each national grade-category winner will receive the T-shirt, an award plaque and a $100 savings bond.

In addition to these prizes, the national winner will be given an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian, and will be given official recognition in April as part of Financial Literacy Month on Capitol Hill.

To participate, teachers, parents and/or students are encouraged to visit the website the NFCC created specifically for this contest, < href=>MoneyWise Poster Contest</a>, where they can find more detailed information.

Nancy Kvamme

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