Curricular & Spiritual Connections 5-07-21

College Savings Contest

Celebrate 529 Day and Win $529! State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and College Savings Iowa are celebrating 529 Day throughout the month of May by giving away 100 College Savings Iowa contributions! A winner in each of Iowa’s 99 counties will win a $529 contribution and one grand prize winner from all entrants will win a $1,529 contribution.

Families interested in registering for the giveaway can visit to enter for a chance to win. All Iowans with a child or grandchild under 18 are encouraged to register for the giveaway by May 31, whether they already have a College Savings Iowa account or not. May 29 is 529 Day, which is a national initiative to spread awareness about the benefits and importance of saving for education with a 529 plan like College Savings Iowa.

College Savings Iowa offers families a tax-advantaged way to save money for their children’s education and help limit their need to borrow for growing expenses. Once you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to check out the great resources and information about College Savings Iowa at

For more information about future giveaways and plan updates, find College Savings Iowa on Facebook and Twitter.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

In doing a little reading about mental health awareness, I came across this article “How to Model Contentment When you are Feeling Pretty Miserable.”

Here is a piece from this article that hit home for me:

“I’ve lived long enough to know that there’s value in every struggle. Yes, to look at another year marked by Covid feels bleak and impossible. But the other side of that coin is . . . what?

For me, it’s a sense of pride. Pride in making it another day. Pride in being resourceful. Pride in doing research and making the best choice for my family. Pride in maintaining and deepening my faith, because despite all odds, my girls and I are okay. We’re healthy. We’re (generally) happy. We’re doing this together.

It’s hard to feel discontentment when you look at the other side of the coin—when you see all you’ve already faced, and all you’ve already been through, and the fact that against the odds, you have endured.

Our entire country has gone twelve long rounds with this calendar year and we’re all bruised and battered. But we’re still standing. And that should give you a deep sense of security. A deep sense of contentment.”

It has been a long hard year for all of us. We merely have 14 more school days until the 2020-21 school year is complete and we as adults and students need to have grace and follow our guiding verse: “The holy spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control.” – – Galatians 5:  22-23.

Let’s finish strong and support the mental health of all.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Proverbs 31:28–29: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”