Hilltown Families


The public awareness campaign, Money Smart Week, seeks to educate people of all ages on the topic of financial literacy. Even very young children can learn these concepts through games, activities, stories, and crafts. Money saving is a form of delayed gratification, the ability to resist an immediate reward in favor of a later reward. Often, and especially in the case of money saving, the later reward is also a greater one. Money saving requires planning ahead, envisioning a goal, and exerting self-restraint. These skills benefit young children just as they benefit adults. Talking to your children about saving up for college, for example, can get them thinking about their long term goals and future in a realistic way.

Remember the days when music was only available on vinyl. Nowadays, used record stores are a vanishing subculture and understanding why they are disappearing can offer a unique opportunity for older students to learn about culture, economics and history. Check out this screening of “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store” at Historic Northampton for a tour-de-force tale of greed, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, downloading, and technological shifts in the music industry told through candid interviews, crestfallen record store owners, startling statistics, and eye-popping animation…

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