ATLANTA, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jordan Lane-Palmer, a 9th grader at the A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla., is the national winner of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) annual "Be Money Wi$e" poster contest.
Jordan's poster, which was among 1,800 entries from across the country, wholeheartedly captured the essence of the theme, "Be A $uperhero! $ave Money!" His artwork was selected as the regional winner by the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast offices of CredAbility and was submitted to compete in the national competition in February. His winning entry was chosen out of the 76 regional winners from around the country.
As part of the NFCC's annual "Be Money Wi$e" effort to promote financial literacy among schoolchildren, students were encouraged to create posters that highlight being financially responsible.
"It is never too early to teach the importance of saving and managing your finances," said Jessica Cecere, CredAbility regional president for Palm Beach County, Florida. "This contest was an excellent opportunity to promote financial education and reinforce the benefits of money management at any age."
Students from 3rd through 12th grades were eligible to participate. Jordan's winning entry earned him a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and participated in several activities as part of national Financial Literacy Month. He was also presented with a $500 savings bond.
CredAbility is one of the leading nonprofit credit counseling and education agencies in the United States, serving clients in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, in both English and Spanish. In addition to providing counseling via telephone and internet, CredAbility operates 28 offices across the southeast, including 25 offices where people can receive in-person counseling.
Founded in 1964, CredAbility is a family of Consumer Credit Counseling Service agencies that includes CCCS of Greater Atlanta, CCCS of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, CCCS of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, CCCS of East Tennessee and CCCS of Jackson (Mississippi).
The nonprofit agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Governed by a community-based board of directors, CredAbility is funded by creditors, clients, individual donors and grants from foundations, businesses and government agencies. Service is provided 24/7 by phone at 800.251.2227 and online at www.CredAbility.org.