MERIDEN, CONN. — Marking the milestone of 10,000 Connecticut students participating in Financial Reality Fairs since the start of the program during the 2008-2009 school year, more than 500 students from 14 local high schools attended the Fair held at the Connecticut State Capitol today, making life choices in completing their monthly budgets in a test reality check of what it might be like out on their own. Today more than 100 volunteers from Connecticut credit unions and businesses guided them through the process, showing them how to think clearly about their choices.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and CT Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman took time out from their busy schedules to stop by and see the important educational experience taking place with students attending the Fair. Financial Reality Fairs are a proactive learning exercise that Connecticut credit unions conduct that are designed to enhance financial literacy among youth in preparation for life’s challenges, financial or otherwise.
“We are pleased that government officials at the highest levels take a dynamic interest in this important exercise,” said Tony Emerson, President and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. “Preparing for your financial future can never begin too early, and these reality fairs provide a concentrated, structured means to learning the essentials of personal financial management. We are also fortunate to have a group of dedicated and knowledgeable credit union volunteers led by Barbara Bass, Vice President of Education and HRD, to make these events happen.”