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Weeklong program will invite Aurorans to get ‘money smart’

Updated: February 23, 2013 6:09AM

Get smart this spring. Money smart.

Money Smart Week — a national public awareness campaign aimed at helping people better manage their personal finances — is coming to Aurora for the first time in April.

Charles Schooler and his Aurora-based non-profit, 21st Century Harvest Foundation, are bringing the financial savvy week to Aurora, and Schooler is looking for local organizations and individuals who would like to get involved.

Schooler, a former president of the Aurora Public Library foundation and an award-winning author, wants to partner with schools, financial institutions, and others to offer free educational seminars and workshops in the area during the week of April 20.

“We felt that there was a need to jumpstart what we hope is the inaugural, annual participation in Aurora,” Schooler said.

A Federal Reserve initiative, Money Smart Week started in 2002 with the goal of increasing awareness of financial literacy. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from creating a budget to first-time home-buying to estate planning, according to the website

“The goal for the week is to have an offering of diverse financial-related topics, so that every individual can find a course or workshop to go to,” Schooler said.

Schooler is interested in hearing from those in the community who would like to be part of Money Smart Week. Contact him at 630-390-5067 or

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