Don’t spend it all in one place . . .

Library workshop teaches kids about spending and saving

Brandon Morris

Brandon Morris

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but the Stettler Public Library helped a group of local kids learn where it does come from and how to use it wisely.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, the library offered a one-hour workshop called “Cash for Kids,” offering children a simple introduction to smart saving and spending.

Crystal Friars, the library’s assistant manager, said they offered the workshop as another educational option for local families.

“Financial literacy is a type of literacy, which we’re really keen on,” she said. “Literacy of any kind is important.”

The workshop was to be offered in association with East Parkland Community Futures out of Red Deer, but a communication breakdown forced some last-minute changes.

Programming assistant Elaine Hoekstra stepped in to run the workshop, which was attended by around 10 children.

Each child was given a cash tray stocked with play bills and plastic coins, while Hoekstra explained about how money is earned and why it’s important to be wise with the money one has.

Participants went on a hunt through flyers from several local businesses, tasked with finding the better deal on certain products.

Hoekstra showed them how to make change for their pretend purchases. Later, the kids had the opportunity to play Monopoly Junior.

For more information on upcoming library events, visit www.spl.prl.ab.ca.