Today’s kids know everything about everything, but how much to do they know about the value of saving? Independent Bank’s participation in the Lights, Camera, Save! competition seeks to answer that very question.

“The Lights, Camera, Save! contest will allow teens to role play and record their thoughts regarding the value of saving money,” explained Tricia Lathrom, marketing specialist. It’s a way to get kids thinking about saving and its impact.”

The video contest is one of several components of the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program. This component is a unique competition that encourages youth to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become lifelong savers.

"The contest is meant to be fun and exciting but when all is said and done, we hope teens will take action and live this message, ‘Start young, save more,’” Lathrom added.

To participate, students aged 13-16 can stop by Independent Bank for an entry form and contest details. Independent Bank will host the first round of local level judging and will submit one winning video to compete on the national level for a chance at a $3,000, $1,500 and $500 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an iPod® Touch. In addition to the national awards, Independent Bank will give prizes to our top three contestants in the amounts of $250, $100 and $50.

Submissions will be accepted through November 1, 2010. To learn more about the contest, please email Tricia Lathrom at or call her at 989.891.4044.

The Teach Children to Save program is a national campaign that organizes banker volunteers to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. Since 1997, the campaign has reached 3.4 million young people with the help of some 80,000 banker volunteers, an annual awareness day – Teach Children to Save Day – and the Teach Children to Save website: