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MSU Extension offers youth savings lessons and cash prize drawings

November 26, 2014

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension is offering two Montana Saves Scavenger Hunts as part of the America Saves program during 2014-2015. The events are specifically designed for two age groups: 11-14 and 15-19. Students will learn about the benefits of saving and investing, how credit can be a friend or foe, and how to be in control of money.

Students who complete the ‘Montana Saves Scavenger Hunt’ will be eligible for a drawing for one of 33 cash awards of $100 in each age group during America Saves week, Feb. 23-27, 2015. The 66 cash awards for Montana students are courtesy of First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, Montana Credit Unions for Community Development, Montana Consumer Protection Division, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Legacy Foundation, Montana Bankers Association Education Endowment Fund of the Montana Community Foundation, and Montana 4-H Foundation.

The Montana Saves Scavenger Hunt can be used by parents who want to incorporate learning about finances into interactions with their children, or teachers who want to include financial education in their classrooms. Youth have until February 20, 2015, to finish the nine hunt activities and print a certificate. The Montana Saves website has a link to enrollment directions ( or youth can go directly to the site by age group.

The website for ages 11–14 (as of September 1, 2014):

The website for ages 15–19 (as of September 1, 2014):

For more information, contact Keri Hayes, MSU Publications/Extension Economics Administrative Assistant,, (406) 994-5695. 

If you have questions about course content, contact Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist 406-995-5695. 

Contact: Marsha Goetting (406) 994-5695 or