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Treasurer Cowell Celebrates Financial Literacy Month at
Wake County Elementary School
Presents Award to Banks Road Student, Author of ‘Patches
State Treasurer Janet Cowell visited Wake County’s Banks
Road Elementary School Wednesday to celebrate Financial Literacy Month as part
of her year-long focus on lifelong financial education.
Cowell read the story of Patches the Pig, a pink piggy
bank, to help explain the importance of saving money and offer tips on smart
financial habits for children.
The story of Patches the Pig was written by
Banks Road student Payton Waller, then 7, to help kick-start excitement and
understanding about the importance of saving your pennies from a very early
age. At the event, Cowell presented Payton a certificate of achievement for her
creativity in financial education. In the last year, Cowell has crossed the
state sharing Patches with pre-kindergarten and early elementary school
“It’s never too early for children to begin learning good
spending and savings practices,” Cowell said. “Patches the Pig teaches young
people an important lesson to carry throughout life: save a little, spend a
little, and invest a little.”
Cowell also asked the students, “What does financial
education mean to you...in your own words?” This interactive program, which she
has used statewide, instructs students to write out financial goals on cards
and share them with their peers, which stimulates discussion on spending and
Financial education is a critical focus for students of
all ages. For more information about State Treasurer Cowell’s financial
literacy initiatives, please visit www.NCTreasurer.com/FinancialLiteracy
Pictured: Treasurer Janet Cowell recognized Banks Road
Elementary student Payton Waller as author of Patches the Pig Finds a New Home.
They are joined by Banks Road principal Carmen Montero Graf.
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