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South Dakota Saves financial classes, free for youth and adults

The Haakon County Extension Office will hold three free classes on Thursday, March 5, in the Philip Elementary school so younger and older people can learn to "save up, stock up, stretch your money."

The first class will begin at 6:00 p.m. Though geared more for first through fourth grade students, the class may be attended by everyone. Jessica Eikmeier, 4-H and youth development educator, will work with youth on the importance of savings and making good consumer choices. A fun project will be each youth making their own piggy bank.

Also at 6:00 p.m., Sally Hageman, family and consumer science educator, will discuss the South Dakota Saves program with adults. She will teach easy steps to increase their financial stability.

At 7:00 p.m., veterinarian Alice Harty and Haakon County livestock educator Adele Harty will provide mineral nutrition and custom mineral formulation information to farm and ranch families. Their goal is to assist producers in making the most economical choice for producer operations while meeting the needs of the producers' animals.

During the 7:00 adult program, the youth will be kept occupied in a robotics construction activity. They will build a K'Nex roller coaster, then make it work.

The financial classes are given through a partnering of the Extension Service with America Saves, a national movement to "build wealth, not debt."

Harty said, "These South Dakota Saves financial programs are pertinent to everyone."