Money Smart Week Activities Kick Off

Money Smart Week Activities Kick Off

Vermilion County Money Smart Week kicked off a little early Thursday (March 21, 2019).  The week does not officially begin until March 30th, but due to spring break a breakfast event honoring four students was held at Danville Area Community College.

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Sanders who attends Oakwood Junior High School placed first in an essay contest for 5th through 8th-grade students.  And 13-year-old Isabella Courson, who is home schooled, took the second-place prize. (Note:  You can click on the photo to enlarge it.)

Andrew Cook, an 18-year-old senior at Oakwood High School, won the second place prize of $500 among 9th through 12th grade entries in the essay contest.  And Caveon McNeal, a 15-year-old sophomore at Danville High School won the first place $1,000 prize (for 9th through 12th grade entries).  [The winners are shown here.]

Danville Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr., was the keynote speaker.  He said people need to make a realistic budget and write down all expenses – everything from getting a monthly haircut to an oil change.  And Williams added 10-percent of a person’s money should be put in savings.   ‘’If you are a faithful steward over your resources, it can change your life,’’ he added.

Numerous Money Smart activities will be going on around the Danville area between March 30th and April 6th.  For a run-down of those activities visit or on Facebook visit