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Saving can help Airmen reach their goals

Sammy the Rabbit talks to Sam Renick, author or the children's book, "It's a Habit, Sammy Rabbit," about the importance of saving money outside of Pope Elementary School April 18. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Sammy the Rabbit talks to Sam Renick, author or the children's book, "It's a Habit, Sammy Rabbit," about the importance of saving money outside of Pope Elementary School April 18. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Saving is a great habit. Students at Pope Elementary School and Irwin Middle learned this important lesson firsthand April 18 from author Sam Renick and his sidekick, Sammy Rabbit. Sammy is a children's character whose books and apperances teach the message that "saving can help reach goals." He told the students, "For every dollar save a dime." This is advice we all should heed. 

"It's never too early to teach our children about saving and if they receive an allowance, parents should encourage them to save a small portion," said Deborah Belin, personal financial management program manager at Pope's Airmen and Family Readiness Center, who coordinated with the Air Force Aid Society to bring Sammy Rabbit to Pope. 

To help in this endeavor, the A&FRC gave each student a piggy bank to help them get started saving. 

Bob Kirkpatrick, principal of Irwin Middle School, said Sammy Rabbit was "perfect" and appreciated the program being presented to the students throughout Pope. 

Sammy's visit was sponsored by the AFAS as a part of their Community Enhancement Program. Other Community Enhancement Programs provided by AFAS include Car Care Because We Care, Give Parents a Break and Childcare for Volunteers. 

When people donate to AFAS through the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, that donation helps not only help active duty members but the entire Air Force family.