Hunting for Cash

Feb 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Money Smart Week® is a national public awareness campaign created by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago…and this year they’re having HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HUNT FOR CASH…in a way:

  • The program’s called the Money Smart Week Scavenger Hunt, so there’s the “hunt”
  • To compete, high school students will snap photos of themselves completing a series of fun tasks where they will learn about finances and money, so there’s the “high school students”
  • Two lucky contestants will win gift cards of $1,000 and $500, so there’s the “cash.”

This hunt will start April 3rd and run through April 30th, 2017, so if you have high school age children, please get them ready to play and learn.

Not to leave out the younger children, for kids in 5th grade through 8th grade, there’s a Money Smart Week® contest where they can earn a $3,000 scholarship or one of two $1,000 scholarships by submitting a 300-word essay answering the following question:

Do you think there is a connection between financial health and physical health? Please explain your answer.  And what can a city, state or national policymaker do to help promote financially healthier citizens?

Answers need to be submitted by March 10th, 2017. Applications and further details for locations across the U.S., including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, can be found at Money Smart Kid 2017.

As for us adults, there will be plenty of free events the week of April 22 – 29, 2017 at libraries, schools, financial institutions, nonprofits, and businesses so that we, too, can find smarter ways to hunt for cash than looking under the sofa cushions.

For a complete list of events across the nation, visit

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