Prizes up-for-grabs with Cash for Schools

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We’ve teamed up with Barclays Money Skills to give local schools the chance to win a share of a whopping £3000!

The Cash for Schools challenge is open to all primary, secondary and special schools, with a top prize of £2000, and a runner up prize of £1000.

Taking part is easy – schools are asked to encourage their pupils, families and friends to collect the Barclays Money Skills Banknotes tokens printed in The Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor every week, starting next week, until April 15.

The schools which collect the highest monetary value in Banknotes (calculated on a pupil/value ratio) will one of the fantastic cash prizes to enable them to promote financial capability amongst their pupils!

We will send all participating schools special Cash for Schools Bank Books so pupils can keep a record of how many banknotes they have contributed to their school’s tally as there will be an extra prize for the pupil who has gone that extra mile.

And look out for the bumper Banknotes with a higher value which will be printed from time to time as these could significantly boost your school’s total!

We want schools to let us know what lengths they are going to in order to give them a greater chance of success and we will feature them in the newspaper. Perhaps you could design and make a banner to hang outside your school to let everyone know you are involved! Or set aside a special ‘banking’ day each Friday when pupils can deposit their banknotes and update their bankbooks.

And we want to know how you would use prize money to improve children’s money skills at an early age, so do get in touch. If your schools is not registered, call us now on 01772 554547.

In the coming weeks, we will tell you when and where to send your tokens. So keep cutting and collecting for your chance to win one of our fantastic Cash for Schools prizes. Your school could be in the money!

Barclays Money Skills aims to empower young people with the knowledge to make better financial choices and develop their skills and confidence to manage their money more effectively. One of the projects being delivered with Barclays in the North West uses six characters young people can relate to and covers topics such as budgeting and affordable credit, credit agreements, illegal money lending and issues such as identity theft to groups of 16-25 year olds.

Barclays North West Community Liaison Manager, Rachel Herbinson, said:

Our attitudes to money are often formed as a result of our early experiences so, for example, if our family had very little money we may be more careful with our own as a result. Alternatively, if it appeared as though family members got everything they asked for then we may struggle to prioritise our own spending. Helping people to increase money skills at an early age can make a huge difference when they become responsible for their own finances. Barclays Money Skills aims to help young people overcome the hurdles faced by many young people whey they begin to deal with their own money.”

“Our Barclays Money Skills programme will ensure we equip young people with the skills and confidence to make sound financial choices, something which is at the heart of Community Investment programme.”

“Barclays Money Skills aims to help young people get to grips with understanding and managing money in a fun and practical way and we continue to focus our efforts on supporting all the communities in which we operate. For free activity packs visit http://www.pfeg.org/teaching_resources/resources/money_skills1625.html ”

If your school is not already registered, or you need further details, call us on 01772 554547 and we will make sure you are part of the action!