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Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Securities Department is sponsoring Mad About Money theatrical productions in 10 Middle Schools during the week of September 26-30, 2005. The productions will be performed by professional actors with The National Theatre for Children from Minneapolis, MN. Nearly 3500 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 proven methodology teaches money management habits through a fun, interactive experience that students will enjoy, concluded Tyler.


9/26 Cavalier Middle School, 10:00 a.m.9/26 May-Port CG Middle School, 1:00 p.m.9/27 Lisbon Middle School, 9:00 a.m.9/27 Jamestown Middle School, 1 & 2:00 p.m.9/28 Dunseith Public School, 9:30 a.m.9/28 Langdon Area Middle School, 2:00 p.m.9/29 South Middle School, Grand Forks, 9:03 & 10:00 a.m.9/29 Midway Middle School, Inkster, 1:45 p.m.9/30 Cheney Middle School, West Fargo, 9 & 10:00 a.m.9/30 Wahpeton Middle School, 1:30 p.m.

Middle Schools in Western North Dakota will be scheduled for performances later in the school year.

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