Cobb County-based Delta Community Credit Union announced that three Cobb County students will end the school year $100 richer.

They were among 11 metro Atlanta students who won a Sandy Savers Savings Account in the Delta Community Credit Union Youth Month Essay Contest, which asked students to explain why it is wise to save money.

Aashna Kshirsagar, a fifth- grader at East Side Elementary School, wrote in her winning essay that saving money is wise because it allows you to do things that are important to you, such as attend college, and may also protect you in emergencies.

“Say one day I lose my job,” wrote Aashna. “If I have money saved I can still support myself while I look for work.”

Another winner is from Dowell Elementary School. Third-grader Aryan Singh’s essay also points out the importance of saving for emergencies, and goes on to say that a funded savings account allows us to help others in need.

“The future is uncertain, so we should save money (to protect) against bad days, like an ant saves food for the winter,” wrote Aryan.

The third contest winner attends Brumby Elementary School. Fourth-grader Cecilia Amartey said her savings account is a gift to her future self.

“The money I save will help me pay for college without having to depend on my parents,” she wrote. “(Savings) will allow me to buy a house and, hopefully one day, retire.”

In addition to these Cobb County winners, nine other metro Atlanta students who attend Delta Community’s Partners in Education schools also won $100 savings accounts for their entries in the contest, which Delta Community hosted during National Credit Union Youth Savings Month in April.

Teachers say the contest inspires important conversations about finances and planning for the future, and it also helps students develop their writing skills. In addition to the essay contest, Delta Community supports its PIE schools throughout the school year with direct sponsorships and by providing financial literacy classes and materials.

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