Kids share how they’d persuade someone to make good choices with money. KIDS CAN BE VERY PERSUASIVE. They can persuade you that they really “need” something, and they can coax their friends to do it “their” way. So, in the fifth annual Thrivent magazine Kids’ Contest, we wanted to know from kids: “How would you tell people to make good choices with their money?” They could share their answer in one of three ways—create an ad or billboard, write a blog post or, in a new category this year, make a TV commercial/YouTube video. Parents of more than 100 kids in preschool through high school shared their children’s persuasive thoughts. Creators of top entries in each age category, selected by panels of Thrivent Financial employees, received $100. The best entries—a video by Isaac N. of Rochester, Minnesota, an ad by Emma P. of Hamilton, Texas, and a blog by Samantha S. of Lexington, Kentucky—won an additional $250 award and a $250 grant to a nonprofit organization of their choice. Here are the winning ads, excerpts from the winning blogs and information about the winning videos. As always, this is original content, complete with grammar and spelling slip-ups. They were edited only for length. PRE-K/KINDERGARTEN Ad: Piggy Bank Katharina O., 3 Enid, Oklahoma Video: Bernie’s Take On Money! Berniece D., Bismarck, North Dakota With the help of a video camera, a Thrivent Piggy Bank, and a fake microphone made from kitchen tongs and a wad of aluminum foil, Bernie explains, “How would you tell people to make good choices with their money?” Blog: Rosemary’s Essay Rosemary P., 6 Mascoutah, Illinois Excerpt: “You should use your money for food and clothing. You shouldn’t go to Red Lobster so much because it’s expensive. You should use your money to get things for poor people. You should remember that God has given you these things.” Ad: The Piggy Bank Asher A., 7 Jackson, Missouri Video: Ian’s Money Song Ian S., 6 Spring, Texas Ian thought a song would be the catchiest way to convey his message. He wrote the lyrics to this song and was singing it to himself the rest of the day. Ad: Save for Your Dreams Abigail A., 8 Spring Hill, Florida Blog: Kaiya’s Smart Money Tips Kaiya D., 9 Eagan, Minnesota Excerpt: “Don't Buy Something If You Know That It's Going To Be In The Trash In Less Than One Month...If your friend buys something cool, and you want it, don't buy it. Just borrow it (but ask first).” Blog: How To Make Good Choices With Your Money Madeline W., 7 Hamilton, Ohio Excerpt: “You should give at least some of your money to charity. ...Another thing you might want to do with your money is plan ahead. ...There is no way you will get to buy good things if you keep spending all your money on ‘cheap’ things.” Blog: My Money (as dictated to his mom) Ryan S., 3 Spring, Texas Excerpt: “When I find money, I put it in my pocket. Then, I put it in my piggybank because I like money and that way no one can see it. Then, I keep the money for a long time. Later, I spend the money. I give some to Jesus and God.” Ad: Harriet’s How To’s With Money Harriet W., 5 Frederic, Wisconsin GRADES 4-6 Video: Money Management Tips Isaac N., 10 Rochester, Minnesota This video gives tips for young people to manage their money! Tips are given and examples are shown! Enjoy! Ad: Needs Before Wants Christopher A., 11 Spring Hill, Florida Video: Managing Your Money the Smart Way! Hope N., 11 Rochester, Minnesota Here are some practical tips for managing your money! Tips and examples are given for managing your everyday finances! GRADES 7-9 Ad: Tithe, Save, Spend Melia L., 14 Kapolei, Hawaii Video: Spending Wisely on Wants and Needs Marissa G., 14 Sedalia, Missouri This video talks about the difference of wants and needs and how to spend your money wisely. Ad: Make Money Thrive Elaine P., 15 Hamilton, Texas Blog: Money and God Natalia C., 12 Oviedo, Florida Excerpt: “I would advise people to save for what they want to buy. I would warn people about what could happen if they weren’t good with their money and tell them how God wants us to manage money.” Blog: Good Choices with Money Ian A., 14 Orlando, Florida Excerpt: “Save at least 10% of what you make and plan to have enough money in the bank to survive for at least six months. ...No matter how bad things seems to be, learn to be satisfied to find happiness with making good choices with money.” Ad: Save Your $$ Emma G., 10 Crookston, Minnesota Blog: Make Your Money Thrive! Samantha S., 12 Lexington, Kentucky Excerpt: “I would start with the Spend, Save, & Share rule. It’s easy to remember— they all start with S and they all are important. Spend: making purchases for yourself. Save: saving up for a purchase or emergency. Share: sharing with others in need.” Blog: Money: Having Financial Peace From a Kid's Perspective Abby P., 12 Baytown, Texas Excerpt: “My advice is to have a plan for your money. Where you put it, what you spend it on, where you spend it, and when looking for a new outfit, Goodwill is never a bad choice.” GRADES 10-12 Ad: Flammable Money Emma P., 17 Hamilton, Texas Ad: Be Wise With Your Money Juliana S., 15 West Sacramento, California READ MORE! Find the complete winning essays, thoughts behind the ads and links to the videos at Thrivent.com/contest.
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