WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – New Jersey credit unions brought the popular Financial Reality Fair program to Wall Township High School on Friday, December 7th for the first Fair of the 2012/2013 school year.
Students stop by the Housing booth to rent apartments.
The Fair, sponsored by First Financial FCU, was originally planned for Monday, November 5, but had to be postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. Despite the date change, the event still drew much attention from the press. CNN, the Asbury Park Press, and Cablevision were present to cover the Fair, which consisted of around 150 students and was staffed by around 40 credit union volunteers.
Financial Counselors take time to go over each student's budget worksheet.
Wall Township High School students from grades 9-12 took part in the Fair, first visiting the auditorium where NJCUL’s Angel Santos gave them a brief orientation as well as their personalized budget worksheets. The students then moved on to the school’s media center, where they walked around to the various booths staffed by volunteers to make monthly purchases. Figuring out their housing situations and car loans as well as making some extravagant purchases along the way, the students tried to stay within their monthly budget.
The students then met with financial counselors to go over their experience.
Additional photos are available on the New Jersey credit union Reality Fairs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/njcreditunionrealityfairs/photos_albums.
New Jersey credit unions have a number of Fairs planned for this spring. Visit www.njcul.org/financial-reality-fairs.aspx for more information on the program as well as a calendar of upcoming Fairs.