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Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Securities Department is sponsoring Mad About Money theatrical productions in 10 Schools during the week of September 17-21, 2007. The productions will be performed by professional actors with The National Theatre for Children from Minneapolis, MN. Over 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.

This is the third year that the North Dakota Securities Department has sponsored this week-long program in North Dakota Schools. Over 4600 students have experienced this educational experience. 100% of the teachers from the previous years indicated that they would like to see this program continue for their students in the future.

National surveys continue to show that today's youth are receiving failing grades when it comes to personal finance, stated Diane Kambeitz, Investor Education Coordinator for the North Dakota Securities Department. 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 Kambeitz.

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 Kambeitz.


9/17 Oak Grove Lutheran Elementary, Fargo - 8:45 a.m.9/17 Wahpeton Middle School - 2:00 p.m.9/18 Ben Franklin Junior High, Fargo - 9:00 a.m.9/18 Northern Cass Middle School, Hunter - 2:30 p.m.9/19 Larimore Public School - 10:00 a.m.9/19 Midway Middle School, Inkster - 2:00 p.m.9/20 Turtle Mt. Community Middle School, Belcourt - 8:45 a.m.9/20 Langdon Area Middle School - 2:00 p.m.9/21 May-Port CG Middle School, Mayville - 9:00 a.m.9/21 Fairmount Public School, Fairmount - 1:00 p.m.

More Mad About Money performances will be scheduled for the Fall of 2008 in Western North Dakota. If your school is interested in scheduling a performance, contact Diane Kambeitz, North Dakota Securities Department, 1-800-297-5124 or 701-328-4698 (Bismarck local).

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