COWARD, S.C. – A bright green money monster wearing a hat bearing a dollar sign Thursday visited J. C. Lynch Elementary school in Coward to find out his new name and meet the third grade student who named him.
Dubbed Maxamillion the Money Monster by Chesney Blackmon, the creature hi-fived the 9-year-old whose entry beat more than 400 others to win the Florence County Library System’s recent “Name-That-Monster” competition. Blackmon was awarded a $50 gift card, smart-investing piggy bank, water bottle and other prizes for her win.
Paula F. Childers, Children's Services Manager at Florence County Library, said the staff at the library voted for Maxamillion from more than 400 entries in the county-wide contest.
“Maxamillion really represented our theme,” said Childers. “It has a money theme, plus it has a name that goes with it,” she said. Some of the other popular entries in the competition include: Moe Money, Dollar Bill, Frankencash, and Senòr Dinero.
Blackmon said she thought it was “pretty cool” that she won the competition and was surprised when she saw her name on a poster pronouncing her win. Katherene Tisdale, principal of the school, said the poster would hang in the school for a time and then Blackmon would be able to take it home.
Blackmon’s mom, Mandi Blackmon, was on hand to see her daughter’s honor after being tricked into being at the school by Tisdale. She said the win shocked her simply because she wasn’t expecting it; she was there to see her daughter participate in the school’s annual Spelling Bee Day.
Calling her daughter an “avid reader,” Mandi Blackmon said Chesney reads every day and said they visit the main library branch in Florence at least once a month.
“I was reading to her while she was still in my belly,” said Mandi Blackmon. “That’s where I say her love of reading came from.”
Maxamillion the Money Monster is part of the library system’s programs teaching children how to spend money wisely and how to save money wisely, said Aubrey B. Carroll, Information Services Manager at the main library.