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National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Texas National Bank recognizes the importance of financial literacy in the community and seeks to actively create a more secure financial future for the citizens of Nolan County. To encourage young people to learn how financial decisions can help or hinder them as they try to get the most from their money, the bank is hosting a financial literacy essay contest for eighth graders in the county. The contest is open to eighth graders from Blackwell, Highland, Roscoe and Sweetwater school districts. Three winners will be selected from the pool of entries.
Those entering the contest are asked to discuss three steps people can take to begin building wealth regardless of the size of their income in 400 words or less. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013. Contest entries can be submitted to Texas National Bank
Financial Literacy Essay Contest, P.O. Box 510, Sweetwater, Texas 79556. Entries should include the participantâ€™s name and school. Prizes include $100 for best essay, $50 for first runner-up and $25 for second runner-up.