Financial education, family fun at Carroll Cash Day

Hoping to foster financial education for the whole family, local organizations have partnered to sponsor Carroll Cash Day on Saturday, Sept. 30. The free event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library's North Carroll branch, is sponsored by the Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., Carroll County Public Library and First Financial Credit Union.

"Financial education is something that is important for everyone," said Jenny Graybill, HSP's director of workforce development. "If you have a little bit of money or a lot of money, it's important to know how you want to spend it. As an agency, we have a growing financial education program that serves over 10,000 low-income men, women and children a year. It's a way to help participants take control of their lives."


Graybill said free hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt, financial simulation, and a chance to win games and prizes. The event will also feature free document shredding, financial fitness vendors, the BB&T Banking Bus, and the Baltimore Ravens' mascot Poe.

"We wanted to make it an event for the entire family because making smart money choices is important to everyone. If you learn about money as a young child, you build a strong foundation for the rest of your life," Graybill said. "We want them to see that smart money choices are important for everyday health, wellness and their future."

North Carroll Branch manager Darrell Robertson said the event will be "fun for the whole family."

"We'll have things for people of all ages," Robertson said. "One of the things we're really looking forward to is the financial simulation, where people can go through and have a quick, real-life experience about what happens with their money."

BB&T financial wellness consultant Jeanne Connelly said there will be "a lot of resources that many people can use."

"We will have the bank bus where people can pull their credit at no charge and someone will be there to talk them through it," Connelly said. "This is a great way to learn more about money."

If you go

What: Carroll Cash Day

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30

Where: North Carroll Library Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead

Cost: Free