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Treasurer Cowell Celebrates Financial Literacy Month at Wake County Elementary School

Presents Award to Banks Road Student, Author of ‘Patches the Pig’

banks_elem_cowell_author_principal300.jpgState 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 students.

“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 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 saving.

Financial education is a critical focus for students of all ages. For more information about State Treasurer Cowell’s financial literacy initiatives, please visit​


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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