FDIC Money Smart Cites Sammy Rabbitab-storybooks-website

We are pleased to share the FDIC has cited the award winning storybook It’s a Habit, Sammy Rabbit as a resource in its Money Smart for Parents and Caregivers Guide – see page 7! The FDIC guide is a fun and smart way for parents and caregivers to help kids get smart about great saving and money habits. Team Sammy fully supports the thinking! The landmark and national award winning University of Maryland research project titled “Parents and Teachers as Wealth Coaches” conducted in 2006 and 2007 demonstrated the power of equipping parents, caregivers and teachers with strategic resources to teach kids about money! See article summarizing the research – pages 9 & 10.

“As entrepreneurs and as a micro enterprise it is always exciting to have your work recognized,” said Sam X Renick, “It’s a Habit” founder.

About Sammy Rabbit and his new Dream Big Day Experience
Since 2001, Sammy Rabbit has garnered and/or helped others earn a variety of awards, recognition and honors. That experience has lead to Sammy’s current first of a kind initiative – the Dream Big Day Experience!

SEE WHO and WHERE the Dream Big Day Experience is Being PILOT TESTED


FREE Dream Big Day Resources
Sammy’s Big Dream Storybook
Sammy’s Big Dream Workbook
Big ‘Ol Dream Clueless Crossword Puzzle

Sammy Rabbit Highlights in Financial Education
2006: Dove Foundation awards Sammy Rabbit music its highest rating 5 Doves

2007: Kiplinger Editor, Janet Bodnar witnessed a Sammy Rabbit program live in Virginia leading to a featured story in Kiplinger in her titled Money Smart Kids column titled Saving with Sammy Rabbit

Sam Renick can whip a gym full of elementary-school kids into a frenzy of enthusiasm for saving money.
Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger Magazine

2007: California Jumpstart Coalition bestows “It’s a Habit” Founder Sam X Renick with Personal Leader in Financial Literacy Award

2007: Texas teenage members of the FCCLA win a national gold medal for their Sammy Rabbit Ready, Set Teach project

2008: Institute for Financial Literacy Awards It’s a Habit Sammy Rabbit storybook the Excellence in Financial Literacy Book of the Year Award (EIFLE)

2008: Department of Defense (DOD) announces Sammy Rabbit as part of DOD Financial Readiness Initiative

2009: University of Maryland educator Megan O’Neil earns national Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award for her research project featuring Sammy Rabbit titled Parents and Teachers as Wealth Coaches. The project was later chronicled by the Journal of Family Consumer Sciences

2009: Loyola Marymount University (LMU) inducts “It’s a Habit” Founder Sam X Renick onto Entrepreneur Wall of Honor

2010: NPR and Money Marketplace feature Sammy Rabbit and former FDIC Chairwoman, Sheila Bair: A habit of learning about money early

2011: Institute for Financial Literacy Awards Sammy Rabbit Song and Story CD Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Program of the Year Award (EIFLE)

2011: Armed Forces Network features Air Forces Aid Society (AFAS) Sammy Rabbit Financial Education Initiative

2012: Alliant Credit Union wins Diamond Award utilizing Sammy Rabbit coloring book Saving is a Great Habit

2013: Washington University in St. Louis Center for Social Development and Child & Youth Finance International cite It’s a Habit and Sammy Rabbit in its Research Brief titled Conceptual Development of the CYFI Model of Children and Youth as Economic Citizens

2013: The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) features It’s a Habit, Sammy Rabbit in the Wisconsin Big Read. The initiative was identified by the Chicago Federal Reserve Board (FRB) as a best practice.