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Sammy Rabbit Spotlight: Patrina Dixon

by Team Sammy

Patrina Dixon reading Sammy's Big Dream to kids

Patrina reads Sammy's Big Dream to kids at Silver Lane Elementary School in Hartford, CT

The data and statistics are light years beyond staggering when it comes to financial literacy.

Patrina Kelly Dixon gets it. That's why she's committed to investing her time, talent and treasure to making a difference. The award-winning author, Certified Financial Education Instructor, and founder of It’$ My Money wants kids to lead empowered lives.

Coast to coast, children are learning about the importance of saving, setting and achieving goals, giving and other values through the Sammy Rabbit’s Dream Big Financial Education Reading and Resource Initiative, thanks in part to sponsors and community leaders like Patrina.

Recently she teamed with the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of Hartford, CT., to read and give copies of Sammy’s Big Dream to 20 elementary students at Silver Lane Elementary School.

“I had a great time with the children,” Dixon said in January 11 Facebook post. “They were very engaged, asked questions and loved the space coaster. The story had a lot of great messages: save, set goals, work hard, stay focused on your goal (even when the odds are against you), and you can achieve your dream, even a big one!”

Dixon also cited “giving” as another wonderful habit the strategic storybook communicates to readers.

You can discover more about Patrina and her mission to deliver financial empowerment skills to kids of all ages at

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User Experiences and Feedback

Here is a sampling of user experiences - Sammy Rabbit Dream Big Financial Education resources.

In Home: Parent Child Experiences
Michael Morton, Dad and Daughter, Harvard, MA
Nick Bradfield: Father and son, Cary, NC
Abby Kovach: Mother and daughter, Denver, CO

In School and After School: Led by Community Leaders
Malabar Elementary School. Rosa Overstreet, Los Angeles, CA
St. John Lutheran School Berlin, Wisconsin, Amy Vetrone, Financial Educator
Walnut Elementary School, Baldwin Park, CA
Huntington Elementary School. Cedric Turner. Empower Yourself, Brockton, MA
Did You See What Marine Veteran Nick Bradfield Did? Cary, NC
Alana Golden, California Department of Financial Institutions, Sacramento, CA
Patrina Dixon and United Way Women's Leadership Council, Hartford, CT
Money Smart 101, Philadelphia, PA
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL

Author Led Experiences
YMCA and East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO
Air Force Aid Society, Arlington, VA
El Monte Promise Foundation, El Monte, CA
University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Salisbury, MD

Media Reviews
Fox: Good Day Columbus: Krista Cavalieri
Financial Advisor Magazine: Children Form Financial Behaviors By 7
Kiplinger: Janet Bodnar, Editor. Kids and Money Author