National Money Smart Week® is coming to Whitewater!

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will host several events, open to community members as well as students, for Money Smart Week 2018.

Are you concerned about the cost of higher education? According to the makers of the independent documentary, Broke, Busted, & Disgusted, you should be. A UW-Whitewater showing of the film, followed by a panel and discussion, will be Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m., in Summers Auditorium in the University Center. Community members are invited to attend this UW-Whitewater showing. “I think it’s a really well-done film with a student-focused message. It’s definitely pro-education but anti-debt,” said Naomi Schemm, business librarian at UW-Whitewater. “Explore all your options for funding your education. Know what you’re getting into. It could be really powerful especially for high school students planning their futures.”

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Even children can start learning money smarts at a younger age than one might expect! In a joint effort, the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library and Andersen Library will offer two financially focused story times for kids. The story time will include a paint-a-bank craft for kids, children’s books to give away, and family-focused educational materials for parents and caretakers (all supplies are first-come, first-served). Targeted toward ages 3-7, the story times are Monday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at Young Memorial Library, and Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. at Andersen Library.

“Kiddos will decorate their very own piggy bank while you can learn some special money saving tips for your little ones,” said Claire Tidwell, programming librarian at Young Memorial Library. “Talking about money with your kids is easier if you start those conversations and get into those good habits early.”

Learn how to protect your personal information or repair the damage after a breach. Jessica Wagner, loss prevention specialist from the UW Credit Union, will advise and answer questions about Financial Crimes: Awareness and Prevention. The presentation will be Tuesday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the UW-Whitewater University Center, room 264.

All events are free, open to all, and, except for the film screening, do not require RSVP’s. For more information about these and other nearby events, visit

Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive financial education program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. Partnering organizations will host their events April 21 – 28, 2018.

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