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2015 Houston Money Week Art Contest: Smarter Texans Save Instruction and Guidelines

Sponsored by Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Council on Economic Education with special thanks to Aaron Gladstone

Awards Ceremony To Be Held Thursday, April 9, 2015 Sponsored by The University of Houston Bauer College Financial Symposium  

2014 Contest Artwork


Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) will sponsor an art contest for Houston area schools. The competition is in conjunction with the UH Bauer College Financial Symposium that is part of Houston Money Week 2015.  The deadline for entering the artwork is March 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm.  The awards ceremony will be held at the University of Houston on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the evening. The awards ceremony is sponsored by the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business.

Using the rubric below for a campus based competition, each school may enter their top 10 pieces of art from each grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) that address the theme, Smarter Texans Save.  Kindergarten through grade 12 students who live in the greater Houston metropolitan area are eligible to enter the art competition.  Twelve winning students will have their artwork included in a calendar that will be distributed throughout the Houston area.

Please call 713.655.1650 or if you have questions.

Deadline Date and Requirements

To be eligible for the art contest, the completed forms must be submitted along with the artwork.

  • Page 6:  Campus Art Registration Affidavit to be completed by the sponsoring educator
  • Page 7:  Student Art Registration Form to be completed by student or parent and requires necessary adult signatures
  • Page 8:  Art Contest Rubric:  Smarter Texans Save to be completed by student or parent


A sponsoring educator from the campus will need to MAIL in the student artwork to be received in the Texas Council on Economic Education office by March 26, 2015 by 4:30 pm.

The top ten campus winning pieces of artwork per grade band from each campus need to be mailed and received by March 26, 2015 to the Texas Council on Economic Education Office.

The mailing address is:

Texas Council on Economic Education

Attn: Catherine Rinhart

1801 Allen Parkway

Houston, TX 77019


*Under NO circumstances will artwork be allowed for drop off at the Texas Council on Economic Education office.

Click here for complete details and forms.


Happy 27th birthday to Aaron. Let’s ALL help him celebrate.

Aaron’s at it again.  He is throwing himself another birthday party and TCEE is the recipient of the gifts!  Let’s all help Aaron celebrate by spreading the word and donating!  
As you know, he has also started and heads our Board Advisory Committee to raise awareness of and funds for the Stock Market Game(tm).  He is such an active volunteer, and we honor, respect and appreciate all that he does!
Happy 27th birthday to Aaron.  Let’s ALL help him celebrate.

Dear close friends, valued mentors, and esteemed colleagues,

On January 14th I turn 27 years young. Like last year, I have decided to celebrate this personal holiday by spending the month raising money for the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE), a non-profit improving financial literacy in Texas. Last year you helped me beat my $2,500 goal, and this year with your assistance I’m aiming for $3,000!

Do you have a credit card? Maybe an auto loan? How about a mortgage? Perhaps an outstanding student loan? If so, your interest rate is likely between 2-20%. Consider yourself fortunate. According to the FDIC, nearly one-third of American families are either underbanked or unbanked, meaning they are forced to use payday lenders, pawn shops, auto title loans, and other types of nontraditional mediums to access cash. Some of these institutions charge effective interest rates of 400% or higher and notoriously prey on families with bad credit typically resulting from financial mismanagement.

As Shaquille O’Neal once said, “It is not about how much money you make. The question is — are you educated enough to keep it.” Better financial decision making starts with knowledge, and TCEE is the solution in Texas. By providing free or low cost materials and programs to nearly two million K-12 students annually on subjects such as economics and financial literacy, TCEE is able to teach essential concepts early-on to encourage prudent money management, thus promoting a more prosperous future for millions of Americans.

Please join me in supporting this crucial organization by making a donation via the link below:

If you have any questions about TCEE or anything related to financial literacy, please do not hesitate to send me an email or give me a call. I very much appreciate your time and consideration.
All the best,


Stock Market Game™Meets TEKS in Economics, Social Studies, Career, Math & Language Arts

The Stock Market Game™ is a project-based learning activity that integrates economics, contextual learning and problem solving with real-world saving and investing situations.

Student Performance in Mathematics

In mathematics, Stock Market Game™ students calculate ratios, perform operations with decimals, and identify proportional relationships. In English Language Arts, they interpret complex texts and data, engage in research and write explanatory texts and arguments.

Spring Program Dates: February 9 – April 17, 2015 

For over 35 years the SIFMA Foundation’s youth financial literacy program, The Stock Market Game (SMG), has engaged 4th – 12th grade students in their school work by providing real-world applications for economics. mathematics and English Language Arts concepts they are taught in the classroom.

An independent study* found that students who participated in the SMG program outperformed their peers in mathematics achievement and financial knowledge. In addition to engaging students in interpreting complex texts and data, SMG students also exercise 21st Century Skills in collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.

Visit today to learn more about the SMG program, sign up for a free online training webinar, or register your student teams.

*Read the study here at

For more info contact or 1 888 764 8233

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The Texas Council on Economic Education  -  1801 Allen Parkway  -  Houston, Texas 77019

Telephone 713-655-1650  -   Fax: 713-655-1655