County Fair funds provide foundation for future

Every year, in recognition of youth achievement, the Miami-Dade County Fair presents students from across South Florida with prize money for outstanding projects that are exhibited at The Fair.

This year, the students of a second grade class at Blue Lakes Elementary School in Kendall are using the money earned from exhibiting at The Fair to lay the foundation for their future. In an effort to instill early saving skills, each student in the class will start his or her very first bank account with the moneys earned by exhibiting at The Fair. The students received instructions on how to set up their first account from a representative from a local bank.

“The Fair congratulates this second grade class at Blue Lakes Elementary School not only for their outstanding achievement at The Fair this year but also for taking the initiative to use their prize money to lay the groundwork for their future,” said Phil Clark, president and CEO of the Miami- Dade County Fair “Learning money management and saving is one step in the right direction for a very bright future,” he added. “Learning about saving and financial matters is an important aspect of education,” said Maria Aluma, second grade teacher at Blue Lakes Elementary. “The Fair’s exhibit program offers students a wonderful opportunity to earn money and start saving.”

The Fair will be celebrating its 60th year Mar. 17 to Apr. 3, 2011. Awarding more than $8 million in scholarships, awards and premiums along with outstanding educational student and youth programs, The Fair is more than just an 18-day event and a sought after venue for community events and festivals held throughout the year. The not-forprofit organization is a South Florida institution that is there for the community throughout the year.

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