Financial Literacy Fair

Posted by on March 23, 2009

Dear Potential Community Fair Participant:

Since 2002, Temple University has worked closely with four elementary schools in North Philadelphia.  The university’s mission, as manifested by its Partnership Schools effort, is to bring about effective and lasting change through its academic colleges and health system to strengthen access to a well-fulfilled life for the 1,600 public school students and their parents enrolled in these schools. The mission of Temple’s Office of Partnership School’s Surroundcare Initiative is to address the needs of predominantly minority, urban K – 8 children living in under-resourced and medically underserved communities.

We are happy to announce that the Surroundcare Initiative will be sponsoring our third fair for children, parents and school staff for these four schools and the North Philadelphia Community. In the two previous fairs, our focus was primarily on health.  This year we will broaden our reach, to include community and family content,  with an emphasis on financial asset development including banking and real estate information. The North Philadelphia Community Fair will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 11am until 3pm at Tanner Duckrey Elementary School, which is located at 1501 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19121.

In today’s economy people are concerned about financial planning; pay bills, maintain a home and how to send children to school. The goal of the financial component of the Community Fair is to enhance awareness of financial issues and supportive services for members of the community, regardless of their financial situation. The fair will also educate individuals and families how to build an emergency fund, invest in education, pay down debt and stay debt free.   At the fair we want to offer quality financial services such as; credit counseling, tax preparation, the  benefits of having a saving an checking accounts, CD’s , IRA’s, and options for individuals who should  lose their health insurance or can’t pay for their utilities.

We hope that your organization will agree that this is an event worthy of your time and resources and will consider participating in the fair.  We think this is an excellent opportunity for community based organizations to interact with their target audiences in a low key, fun environment.  If your organization would like to participate, please contact Dr. Belliveau at the address below.  If you have questions, please contact Monique Samuel at the email or phone address below. Thank you for you consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Cynthia Belliveau, Ph.D.                Monique Samuel
Assistant Professor                    Financial Literacy Intern
Temple University                    and Community Fair Coordinator
Ritter Annex 231                    Temple University
Cecil B Moore Ave.                    Phone:  856-236-2744
Philadelphia, Pa 19122                E Mail
Phone:  215  204 – 4397
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