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Triad eighth-grader’s grasp of money management wins her pile of green

Sandra Garcia Lopez of Troy, an eighth-grader at Triad Middle School, was the grand prize winner of the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative’s Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, and she received a $2,000 scholarship.
Sandra Garcia Lopez of Troy, an eighth-grader at Triad Middle School, was the grand prize winner of the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative’s Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, and she received a $2,000 scholarship. Photo provided

The Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, in partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis, recently awarded scholarships to three St. Louis-area students through the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Students in sixth through eighth grade from schools around the region were asked to demonstrate their knowledge of money management and discuss the connection between financial and physical health.

Sandra Garcia Lopez of Troy, an eighth-grader at Triad Middle School, was the contest’s grand prize winner and received a $2,000 scholarship. Second-place winner Caroline Black, a seventh grader at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School in O’Fallon, Missouri won $1,000, and Josiah Olden, an eighth-grader at Pontiac Junior High School in Fairview Heights, received $500 for third place.

“United Way, along with our sponsors and the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, is proud to continue to host this Money Smart Kids Essay Contest as a way to engage local children and youth in financial education and the importance of good money management skills,” said Debbie Irwin, community economic development director, United Way of Greater St. Louis.

The essay contest was sponsored by COUNTRY Financial, the Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association, and Vantage Credit Union.

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. Located throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois, United Way helps one in three people in the region build a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and strong communities. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.

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