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Financial Reality Fairs Benefit Missouri Students

In the first few months of 2015, the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation (MCUCF) helped bring five financial reality fairs to hundreds of high school students in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. These financial workshops were made possible through a partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

“The Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation proudly supports credit unions’ mission to better the financial lives of the people living in their communities,” says Maria Langston, MCUCF’s executive director. “By partnering with UMSL and UMKC, we were able to bring reality fairs to new high schools and increase the reach of our financial literacy efforts statewide.”

These five reality fairs include Jennings High School (February 12), Grandview High School (February 24), Allen Village High School (April 2), Delasalle Learning Center (April 9) and Riverview Gardens High School (April 16). 

Reality fairs take a hands-on approach to teaching students about personal finance and budgeting. As part of the workshop, students are given packets that contain pretend occupations, salaries, bills and family members. The students have to visit all of the booths, which represent virtual shops, like a clothing store, mortgage company, day care, credit union, grocery store and more. Volunteers are stationed at the booths and assist students throughout the workshop. 

Three more reality fairs will be held before the end of the school year. These include:

  • May 1 – Normandy High School
  • May 12 – Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School
  • May 14 – Rolla High School

If you’d like to volunteer at a reality fair, please contact Maria Langston via email or phone, 800.392.3074, ext. 1344.

Caption: Credit union volunteers help Jennings High School students work on their reality fair packets.