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Texas league uses NCUF grant for fin lit tool
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (8/29/11)--The Texas Credit Union League has created two traveling Reality Fair sets for Texas credit unions and has held six fairs in high schools throughout Texas since May. The fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students, who participate in a hands-on event that guides them through the personal financial management process, including budgeting, saving and investing in a simulated real-world environment.
Students shop for vehicles during a Reality Fair at Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas. The fair was sponsored by Beacon FCU, La Porte, Texas. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
To help fund the initiative, the league received grants last year from the National Credit Union Foundation, the Texas Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), and the Friends of Consumer Freedom. “Thanks to the grant funding, the league has been available to offer the traveling Reality Fairs to credit unions all over Texas,” said Mike Delker, TCUL senior vice president of credit union relations. “Through this type of collaboration, the dollars go a long way in helping credit unions demonstrate to their communities that there are solutions available for their financial concerns.” “Financial literacy is a tremendous concern for families from all backgrounds in Texas,” said Natasha Melugin-McAdoo, director of the REAL Solutions program in Texas. The fairs raise awareness of serious monetary issues for students and “pass that message along when participants relay what they have learned to their parents.” Earlier this year, TCUL created the turnkey fairs using materials from America’s Credit Union Museum’s CU 4 Reality Program (cu4reality.org). The league then held six Reality Fairs in three Texas schools, reaching nearly 1,000 students since May. More fairs are scheduled for fall and spring. TCUL’s Reality Fair will also be included as part of the orientation process for incoming students at a Texas college. “We are looking to offer more Reality Fairs in Texas and around the country through REAL Solutions,” said Lois Kitsch, National REAL Solutions program director for NCUF. To see a Reality Fair video, use the link.
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