Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Securities Department is sponsoring Mad About Money theatrical productions in 10 Middle Schools during the week of September 18-22, 2006. The productions will be performed by professional actors with The National Theatre for Children from Minneapolis, MN. Nearly 1700 North Dakota students will have the opportunity to experience this production.
The performances will focus on the concepts of saving, budgeting, credit and investing. In addition to the performance, teachers will receive classroom curriculum that will focus on these concepts for continued classroom discussion and activities.
National surveys continue to show that today's youth are receiving failing grades when it comes to personal finance, stated Karen Tyler, North Dakota Securities Commissioner. The key to changing this trend is to introduce financial education in the classroom at an early age, and then to build on this education throughout a student's academic career. We will then begin to see our young people better equipped to take charge of their financial futures - saving, investing and using credit wisely, said Tyler.
The National Theatre for Children is the largest in-school touring company in America and reaches millions of children nationwide each year on important and timely issues such as money management. We are extremely pleased to have the National Theatre involved in our financial education efforts in North Dakota. The National Theatre's approved methodology teaches money management habits through a fun, interactive experience that students will enjoy, concluded Tyler.
9/18 Standing Rock Middle School, Ft. Yates, 10:00 a.m.9/18 Dorothy Moses Elementary, Bismarck, 2:00 p.m.9/19 Shiloh Christian, Bismarck, 9:18 a.m.9/19 Sterling Elementary School, 1:00 p.m.9/20 Horizon Middle School, Bismarck, 8:10 a.m.9/20 Erik Ramstad Middle School, Minot, 2:15 p.m.9/21 Jim Hill Middle School, Minot, 9:00 & 10:00 a.m.9/21 Bob Callies Elementary, Garrison, 2:00 p.m.9/22 St. Anne’s, Bismarck, 10:00 a.m.9/22 Simle Middle School, Bismarck, 2:30 p.m.
More Mad About Money performances will be scheduled for the Fall of 2007.