Entries sought for video contest promoting saving

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 1 for an annual competition that encourages students to use videos to communicate the value of saving and smart money management.

The American Bankers Association offers the “Lights, Camera, Save” video contest as part of its Teach Children to Save program.

To participate, students ages 13 to 18 can visit a U.S. Bank branch or log on to www.usbank.com/lightscamerasave for contest details and an entry form.

U.S. Bank will host the first round of judging and submit the top three videos to compete on a national level.

Participants in the U.S. Bank preliminary round will have a chance to win a cash prize of up to $1,500. Participants in the ABA nationwide contest will compete for a grand prize of $5,000. U.S. Bank also will award cash prizes to the schools of the winning students.

“U.S. Bank looks forward to this video contest every year because there are so many creative entries,” said Erica Opstad, manager of the U.S. Bank Office of Corporate Citizenship and Financial Education. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from students, parents and educators. We hear over and over again how much fun the students had writing and producing a 90-second video that combines the messages of why it’s important to save money and how to do it.”