Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

News Release

Friday, December 01, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Theater Project Will Teach Students About Managing Money

DFI Sponsors Mad About Money Tour December 4-11

OLYMPIA, WA – Hundreds of Washington middle school students will learn about managing money next week through a project sponsored by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). The National Theatre for Children (NTC), based in Minneapolis, will tour 12 Washington schools with a production entitled, “Mad About Money.” The programs will be offered in both Spanish and English.

Mad About Money Actors Mad About Money is a live theatrical event focusing on the concepts of saving, budgeting, credit, and investing. Two professional actors from NTC create scenarios that appeal and speak to students. The actors play a wide variety of colorful characters in four different sketches designed to teach:
  • How to prioritize your needs and wants
  • The difference between cash and credit
  • All about investing
  • The importance of forming a savings habit

The program will visit schools in the Spokane, Yakima, and Seattle vicinity. Each school receives activity workbooks and teacher guides created by Lightbulb Press to reinforce the message in the classroom. This is the program’s first tour in Washington State. Mad About Money has been presented to over 40,000 students across the country.

“DFI is committed to financial literacy,” said Scott Kinney, Director of Communications for DFI. “This program connects with students on what is traditionally thought of as a “grown-up” subject. The actors do an incredible job of entertaining while driving home key messages about managing money. We are excited to bring Mad About Money to Washington.”

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About DFI www.dfi.wa.gov • (360) 902-8700 • (877) 746-4334
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders, and securities brokers and dealers. The department has won numerous awards for its financial literacy and outreach programs developed to protect consumers from financial fraud.

In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, the department’s website features consumer tips on a variety of financial fraud-related topics. More information about the Mad About Money program is featured on the home page, as well as a section highlighting programs and activities for teachers and students.

About the National Theatre for Children
Since 1978, The National Theatre for Children has dedicated itself to teaching young students about important and timely issues on behalf of our clients. We are the largest in-school touring company in America and reach millions of children in major markets each year. Our tested and approved methodology combines attention-getting, educational live performances with in-classroom, internet and take-home activities.

About Lightbulb Press
Lightbulb Press is a nationally recognized developer and publisher of popular financial literacy guides, financial educational websites for adults and children, and teacher support materials and resources. Lightbulb is highly recognized for the clarity and objectivity of its content, and the use of imaginative graphics to convey complex information.

CONTACT:
Scott Kinney, Director of Communications
PH 206-245-7286 skinney@dfi.wa.gov

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