Teach Children to Save Day

2024 Teach Children to Save Day

2024 Teach Children to Save Day

Throughout the week of April 15th to April 19th, over 100 banker volunteers taught over 5400 students in more than 210 public, private, and parochial classrooms throughout Delaware as part of the 26th annual Teach Children to Save Day. The total is an increase of 650 student over 2023. In addition, the lesson was also shared to an additional 1000 students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada. The Delaware Legislature approved a resolution honoring the effort on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Delaware Governor John Carney also issued a proclamation recognizing the event.

2024 Teach Children to Save Day Instructional Video!

Judy Austin of the University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship provides step-by-step instructions on how to teach this year's lesson!  


2024 Lesson Plan

This year’s lesson is taken from the new comic book The Great Investo and Penny in The Magical Money Stalk. The book illustrates the power of compound interest. The book was written and illustrated by Greg Koseluk of the Delaware Bankers Association. Each student will receive their own copy of the comic book. The book was created specifically for the 2024 Teach Children to Save Day event and was made possible with the support of Barclays; Wells Fargo; Sallie Mae; Smarty Pig; TD Bank; WSFS Bank; Artisans' Bank; Bank of America; Fulton Bank; M&T Bank; Visa; Comenity Bank; County Bank; First Citizens Community Bank; and, Shore United Bank.

New for 2024: The Great Investo and Penny in "The Amazing Money Stalk"

The World's Worst Money Magician and his assistant are back with this adventure on the magic of compounding! Travel with them to Compounding Castle and learn what happens when you work for the Compounding Giant, and how he can work for you! Click on the picture to find out! 

2023 Comic Book: The Great Investo and Penny in "Big Money Trouble"

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Read the 2023 comic adventure of the World's Worst Money Magician and his savvy assistant as they teach about scarcity (having more wants than money), and how you can create your own Anti-Scarcity Machine through saving! It's 20 pages of comics, fun, and puzzles now available for download and online enjoyment!  Click on the picture!

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 First held in Delaware in 1998, Teach Children to Save Day (TCTSD) is part of a nationwide financial literacy effort that works to educate elementary school students throughout Delaware, while targeting those from low- to moderate-income communities, on the importance of saving as the basis for future financial security. The primary goal is to foster sound financial practices in the students, with a secondary goal of informing and influencing the older generations on the benefits of saving. Through the program, children are encouraged from a young age to develop the habits that will help ensure their future economic independence. Take-home materials are also provided for students to share with their parents.

Teach Children to Save Day is held in April, preceded by a special kick-off event featuring the Governor. The Delaware Financial Education Alliance (DFEA) works with the University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) to administer this program in the First State. The age-appropriate curricula were developed by the CEEE to meet State economic competency standards. The DFEA helps to raise the funding for the program, and assists in the coordination and training of the volunteer faculty comprised of bankers. Through financial education grants, the DFEA also develops and distributes the materials used on TCTSD, including the bilingual take-home financial education information piece for the children to share with their parents and other adults. The DBA/FEA also pays for the books used in each classroom, which are then donated to the school following the event. The CEEE pairs the volunteer bank employees with the classroom teachers and students.

On the day of the event, volunteer bankers, organized by the DFEA and trained by the CEEE, visit schools throughout Delaware. The volunteers teach students the importance of saving, the basics of financial education, and the benefits of prudent money management. The DBA/DFEA's Teach Children to Save Day program has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation by the American Bankers Association.

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