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'Sammy Rabbit' targets younger audience during Military Saves Week

Sammy Rabbit and Sam Renick, children’s author and co-creator of Sammy Rabbit, speak to children at Borman Elementary School during their visit here Feb. 25. Sammy and Mr. Renick also brought their money-saving messages to kids at the D-M Child Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Dowdle)

Sammy Rabbit and Sam Renick, children’s author and co-creator of Sammy Rabbit, speak to children at Borman Elementary School during their visit here Feb. 25. Sammy and Mr. Renick also brought their money-saving messages to kids at the D-M Child Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Dowdle)

Sammy Rabbit dances with children from Borman Elementary School Feb. 25 during his visit to the base. Sammy was here to teach kids the importance of saving money in support of Military Saves Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Dowdle)

Sammy Rabbit dances with children from Borman Elementary School Feb. 25 during his visit to the base. Sammy was here to teach kids the importance of saving money in support of Military Saves Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Dowdle)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Mr. Sam Renick, a children's author, brought "Sammy Rabbit," a children's character he co-created, to visit Borman Elementary School and the D-M Child Development Center here Feb. 25, to teach young children about developing good money-saving habits during the Defense Department's Military Saves Week.

"There are 30 lessons we seek to teach the children during the presentation, well beyond the simple lesson of savings," Mr. Renick said.

Mr. Renick read to the kids about Sammy Rabbit, and then they engaged in interactive learning activities.

"Even the adults learned something from each session," says Tracy Canter, Readiness Consultant at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "We were fortunate to have this event available to our military community."

The Sammy Rabbit presentations were only a small part of the many events held at D-M during MSW. The Airman and Family Readiness Center here also provided free oil changes after completion of a budget, held a Piggy Bank Pageant and Financial Tug of War at the Youth Center, conducted a special class called "Locomotive Finances," and concluded the week with "Financially Fit to Fight," an all day colloquium of 16 classes and guest speakers concerning personal finance. 

Mr. Renick's and Sammy Rabbit's visit to D-M was funded by the Air Force Aid Society.