Consumer Savvy Teams to Compete to Represent Massachusetts at 2014 National LifeSmarts in Orlando

Massachusetts State Championship Event to be Hosted by Jump$tart Coalition on March 18 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Online PR News – 28-February-2014 – Boston, MA – RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2014
Contact: Andrea Campbell (acampbell@wise-ny.org) or Declan Sheehy (declansheehy@gmail.com), Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition. 413-429-5340, or 212-980-5054. Or Carol McKay, Vice President, Communications, National Consumers League (412) 945-3242, carolm@nclnet.org

Boston, MA—LifeSmarts, an educational competition that tests middle school and high school students nationwide on real-life consumer issues through online quizzes and live competition will host its Massachusetts statewide competition on Tuesday, March 18. The winner of the Massachusetts competition will advance to the 20th annual National LifeSmarts Championship, held in Orlando, Florida on April 26-29.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, and this year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. For two decades, the LifeSmarts program has educated the next generation to be savvy consumers. In 2013, Milton High School from Milton, MA advanced to the National LifeSmarts Championship in Atlanta, competing against more than 30 other state champion teams for the national title.

This year, the Massachusetts LifeSmarts competition is being coordinated by the Board of Directors of Massachusetts’ Jump$tart Coalition. The Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition strives to promote the teaching of personal finance in classrooms, improve teachers’ personal level of financial literacy, and introduce teachers to new resources to incorporate personal finance best practices into their lesson plans. Its members and partners provide teacher trainings, symposiums, conferences, student assistance, and create special events for consumers throughout the commonwealth. Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards, and resources that will prepare students to make responsible financial decisions.

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What: Massachusetts LifeSmarts championship
Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210-2204
Teams from across Massachusetts will be competing.
When: Tuesday, March 18, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
For more information: Andrea Campbell 212-980-5054 or Declan Sheehy at 413-429-5340.

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Contact Information
Declan J Sheehy
MA Jump$tart
PO Box 887
Lee MA, 01238

413-429-5340