‘Reality Fair’ for ConVal students
GFA Federal Credit Union and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Education Committee have partnered to provide financial education to ConVal High School students.
ConVal Regional High School juniors are learning financial literacy skills throughout the year with specialized curriculum taught by GFA Federal Credit Union. The in-classroom education was organized by Don Jalbert, Director of Applied Technology Center and Mary Lou O’Neil, School to Work Coordinator, both of ConVal Regional High School.
On Thursday, students will have a chance to apply their classroom studies in a real-life setting this spring, as they will speak to auto salespeople, real estate agents, utilities representatives, retail and service businesses, and spin the wheel of reality at a financial education fair arranged by GFA and the Chamber’s Education Committee.
“The practice of budgeting and allocating expenses will teach students skills that will apply throughout their lifetime,” said Karen Peterson, Committee Chair.
“Developing strong financial management skills early is critical for future generations,” commented Tina M. Sbrega, GFA President & CEO. “We appreciate the joint collaboration to provide this education in the Peterborough community,” she added.
GFA Federal Credit Union has been providing financial literacy to young consumers for more than 20 years. The credit union also provides reality fairs and classroom education to students at Gardner High School in Gardner, Mass., and in area high schools in the Greater Fitchburg and Leominster region.
“We are most pleased to have the community participation to provide this vital education to our students,” said Mary Lou O’Neil, School-to-Work coordinator at ConVal Regional High School. “We appreciate the community partnerships, starting with GFA and also with the more than 20 Peterborough area businesses volunteering to make the reality fair happen,” she added.