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CFO Jeff Atwater Invites Students to Take Florida’s Financial History Challenge


Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – In honor of this year’s Viva Florida 500 commemoration, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the start of Florida's Financial History Challenge, a contest designed to engage students of all ages to learn more about the state’s economic history. The challenge, which is part of CFO Atwater’s Your Money Matters initiative, encourages students to learn about people, places and events in Florida history and use the information they learn to contemplate financial decisions.
“It’s very important that we teach our future financial leaders about Florida’s diverse economic history and how it continues to influence our lives,” said CFO Atwater. “Florida’s Financial History Challenge is a great program because it offers students a unique and fun opportunity to learn about our financial history while helping prepare them to make smart financial decisions in the future.”
Florida’s Financial History Challenge offers a coloring contest for kindergarten through second grade students and the pictures they color will be displayed in the Florida Capitol in December. A drawing contest is available for third through fifth graders, an essay contest for sixth through eighth graders, and a video contest for ninth through twelfth graders. Each contest is open to students enrolled in any public, private, charter, virtual, alternative or home school for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Florida Humanities Council, Florida League of Cities, Florida Master Money Mentors, Florida Retired Educators Association and Step Up for Students are partners and co-sponsors of the contests. Many of the partners will participate in the judging along with the Florida League of Cities’ ACE Culture Committee.
Each student participating in the Coloring Contest will receive a certificate of completion. First through third place winners in the other contests will be selected in each of three contest regions – North, Central and South Florida – and a total of $2,625 will be awarded to the winning students.
The essay contest’s submission deadline is October 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. EST), after which time the judging process will begin. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2013.
To find out more information about the contest, including contest rules and regions, visit  
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses and providing transparency and accountability in state spending.