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Local programs teach financial awareness
Mary Knellwolf of University of Wisconsin-Extension speaks to second-grade students at Darlington Elementary/Middle School. (Photo supplied)
DARLINGTON - The Lafayette County Library Planning Committee in cooperation with University of Wisconsin-Extension held Money Smart Week in Lafayette County.

Money Smart Week was held April 19 through April 25 in Lafayette County. Financial literacy sessions were held in many Lafayette County communities with local bankers, financial planners, teachers and community leaders volunteering their time and expertise to promote financial awareness. Over 325 individuals benefited from the programs offered during Money Smart Week.

Local programs during Money Smart Week in Lafayette County included: John Knellwolf, First National Bank at Darlington, "Being a Smart Consumer"; Kim Havens, Havens Financial Service, "Investments" with Darlington High School students; Mary Moore, Gratiot State Bank, "Saving" with Gratiot Elementary School students and "Deposits and Loans" with Blackhawk High School Consumer Math students; Officer Tony Ruegsa, Darlington Police, "Scams" at Darlington Senior mealsite; Mary Knellwolf, UW Extension, "Wants versus Needs" with Darlington Elementary/Middle School students and My Friend's House program; and Hazel Green Library hosted a program on "Scams" with local police, the postmaster and UW-Extension.

Money Smart Week was launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. The program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association.