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#dollarandadream: Share smart spending decisions for Financial Literacy Month 2019

Financial Literacy Month, April 2019: #dollarandadream with @CouncilEconEd

Join the Council for Economic Education in highlighting smart financial decision-making throughout Financial Literacy Month in April by sharing an important financial decision you’ve made.

How have you used your money to benefit yourself or others? Did you give it to a friend, family member or an organization in need? Did you save it for an emergency fund… use it for a vacation with a friend… to treat a child in your life to an especially fun day… to be able to change careers or start a new business…to pursue a new interest… to join a gym to get back in shape.

Share your story on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn with the hashtag #dollarandadream and tag @CouncilEconEd. We’ll feature a number of stories throughout the April, from the 1st to the 30th. If you’re a teacher, we’d love to hear from your students!

We encourage you to include an image or a video that best illustrates your decision, whether it’s simply you smiling as you think of the joy it brought you or others, the currency of the country for a special trip you took, or that coffee maker you bought that saved you money and endless trips to the coffee shop.

Here are some helpful prompts to get you thinking about your post:

  • The best thing I did with a dollar was ________.
  • The best ($5, $10, $20, or money) I ever spent ________.
  • I changed someone’s life by ________.
  • A purchase of a few dollars saved me hundreds down the line: ________.
  • …or, come up with your own!

Happy posting! We very much look forward to hearing your stories!



POSTED: March 27, 2019 | BY: Alan

Winners: Student Writing Contest – What Economic Advice Would You Give to POTUS?

We received close to 4,000 submissions from students all over the United States! The students addressed an array of topics that touched on current topics that personally mattered to them, their families and the communities they live in. Topics included healthcare, immigration, income tax, food, education and infrastructure.


My advice is to lift tariffs against goods imported from China because they hurt US citizens more than help them. Tariffs cause a domino effect–prices go up so people buy less, companies sell less, in result, companies go out of business and people may lose jobs.
Student: Kaida, 4th grade
Teacher: Leigh Ann Scanzera, The Potomac School, McLean, Virginia

My advice to POTUS is to reduce healthcare cost to grow our economy. Skyrocketing healthcare cost is hurting our economy and has become a major contributor to national debt. We need to control drug costs, limit medical malpractice lawsuits, and provide basic healthcare to everyone.
Student: Rachel, 5th grade
Teacher: Kerry DiFusco, White Eagle Elementary School, Naperville, IL

In order to rein in what many economists label as overheating economy, I would recommend to the President enacting contradictory demand-side fiscal policy by raising taxes. An increase in taxes would reduce disposable income for consumers, this decreasing consumption and shifting the demand curve leftward, closing the expansionary gap.
Student: Annelisa, 12th grade
Teacher: Amanda Stiglbauer, Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, SC

  • The economic advice that I would give to the President of the United States would be to give out free scholarships so people could go to college and get a good education to get jobs. Then, they could pay taxes to help schools and roads get better.
  • You should make more schools and places that poor people can afford. If they can get an education and have a healthy life full of good choices that are available to them, it will make the country as a whole better.
  • Dear President Trump, We need more jobs so we can buy more food, water and home goods. We need to make jobs available for people who are poor. When people have jobs they have money to send which helps economic development.
  • I would tell them to focus on taking care of America’s sick people so they can survive and be happy. Helping the sick people get better will help them be able to go to work and support their families which will improve communities.
  • Mr. President, please work on balancing the budget because I don’t want to pay the debt when I’m older. Please fix social security so it will be there when I retire. Also, work on fixing our broken roads and bridges. Finally, continue cleaning up crime in our cities. Thank you Mr. President.
  • Raise minimum wage. With an estimated 43.1 million people in poverty and 39.6 million getting by on food stamps, a slight raise in minimum raise would do much to improve the lives of the impoverished and increase workforce and the gross national income.
  • I would tell the President to decrease economic regulations on businesses and lower corporate tax rate. This would allow small and big businesses to keep more of their earnings and allow them to raise wages. This would give every day Americans more disposable income increasing spending and thus increase tax revenue.
  • I think he should invest in ensuring that all families have access to free universal healthcare. Persuading Congress in proposing policies in favor of universal healthcare will solve the problem of the uninsured Americans. Healthcare ought to be a human right, not a political tool to gain votes.
GRADES 9-12:
  • Impoverished families should receive vouchers to move to neighborhoods with better opportunities. Research by Harvard economists on Moving to Opportunity, an experiment where this system was implemented, show that children who moved earned more as adults than those who did not since geographic mobility provides access to greater social capital.
  • My advice is for the Trump administration to stop isolating American from international trade deals, like NATO. Most economists agree that specialization — countries providing a small number of goods well, and trading with other countries for others – is best for all countries. International trade is where specialization thrives.
  • Don’t run the country the way that you run a business. Profit is not the most important objective. Decisions must be beneficial to people in America.
  • Economic prosperity will come in the future only if our citizens are well educated. Funds should go towards bettering education opportunities for children that live in low income communities. If these kids are given opportunities, they will receive better education and fuel our future economy.

POSTED: October 19, 2018 | BY: CEE Staff

Congratulations to the Winners of our NYC Student Poster Contest!

We are proud to announce the winners of the NYC-Metro Area Poster Contest. The Contest asked K-12 students to illustrate a personal finance or economics concept. We received hundreds of entries from across the five boroughs.

Four winners were selected by the CEE Poster Contest Committee – one from each grade band (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12) plus honorable mentions. The student winners and their teachers were recognized at a “viewing party” in SoHo where their artwork was on display. The winners each received a $250 AmEx gift card, a certificate, and most importantly recognized for their hard work and creatively. Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO presented the awards in front of a studio filled with the students’ families and friends.

Grades K-2 Winner: Charlotte Wachter

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island


Grades 3-5 Winner: Ethan Esparrago

  • Teacher: Lois Wang
  • Saint Stephen of Hungary School, New York, NY


Grades 6-8 Winner: Erica Rotondi

  • Teacher: Theresa Valenti
  • St. Clare School, Staten Island, NY


Grades 9-12 Winner: Paige Leonard

  • Teacher: Elizabeth Price
  • Northport Highschool, Northport, Long Island

Paige Leonard

Honorable Mentions:

Grades K-2: Ava Fauvell

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island


Grades 6-8: Salma Farrea

  • Teacher: Caroline Feeney
  • Waterside School for Leadership, Rockaway Park, NY


Grades 9-12: Britney Delgado

  • Teacher:Lynn Tiede
  • Columbia Secondary School, New York, NY


Awards Ceremony:


POSTED: May 16, 2017 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

CEE Launches Student Poster Contest for Financial Literacy Month!


The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to announce the launch of our Financial Literacy Student Poster Contest open to all NYC Metro area teachers and their students*.

Teachers are invited to submit their students’ creative posters that illustrate a personal finance or economics concept. Four winners will be selected by CEE – one from each grade band (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12).

The student winner and their teacher each will receive a $250 AmEx gift card plus an invitation to a recognition ceremony where we will feature their work of art. We can’t wait to see what the students will design!

For more information on eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our contest submission page.

* Contest is open only to residents of the following counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester. To view the official contest rules click here.

POSTED: March 13, 2017 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

The Students Have Spoken: Vote for Your Favorite Economic Advice!

We asked students nationwide, “What economic advice would they give the next U.S. president?” and we received hundreds of creative and fun video entries. The topics ranged from increasing human capital, helping the homeless, cutting the military budget, free college tuition and more!


Voting period ends October 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


POSTED: October 3, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,