Office for Economic Education Honors Competition Winners

May. 10, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Office for Economic Education (OEE) at the University of St. Francis (USF) honored the winners of the “Economics and Financial Literacy Concepts” poster contest. Regional first through eighth grade students were challenged to demonstrate their understanding of a financial or economic concept with a color drawing.

More than 700 entries were received from 24 classrooms in 13 different schools from around the region. Students, teachers, administrators and families of the winners were present to receive their awards. Winning entries were then sent to the state competition, where four students won first place and five received honorable mentions. The first place winner entries will be featured as a month in the 2018 calendar.

The competition was hosted by Econ Illinois and sponsored by Country Financial.

It is the mission of the Office for Economic Education to enhance the quality and quantity of economic and financial literacy education programs in the south suburbs of Chicago, including Joliet and Will county regions. The OEE achieves this through staff development workshops in school districts, teacher conferences, curriculum consultation encouraging the teaching of economics and financial literacy and providing programs for teachers and students as target audiences.

For more information about the Office for Economic Education and its programming, please visit or contact director Sheryl Szot-Gallaher at

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.