Devin Perry is the first place winner in the seventh grade category. Perry will receive $200 invested into a SMART529 college savings account and a certificate of achievement signed by West Virginia State Treasurer John D. Perdue. In addition, Perry's teacher, Kelly Johnson, will receive $100 to be used for classroom supplies.
More than 280 students in sixth through eighth grades submitted essays for the contest. Seven students won a total of $1,400 for their college savings accounts. Participating students wrote essays based on the scenario that their family faced a financial emergency because one of their parents lost a job. Throughout the essay, students answered several questions including the following:
• How can you contribute to helping the family?
• Where could the family cut spending?
• What could you do to make a difference in the situation?
• How does a budget help a family prepare for a situation like this?
Devin, the son of Thomas and Rebecca Perry of Chapmanville, will be recognized at an award ceremony held at the Marriot Hotel in Charleston this month.
For a complete list of partners and events offered call 1-877-926-8300 or visit www.moneysmartweek.org/wv. The SMART529 program is administered by Hartford Life. Visit www.wvtreasury.com for more information.