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Central High School Students Receive Hands-On Dose of Reality
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:55 AM

Approximately 120 students at Central High School in Keller, Texas, received a hands-on dose of reality as they participated in Unity One Credit Union’s "Dollars to $ense" event on March 4. The interactive financial simulation was designed to engage high school students through a hands-on saving, spending, and budgeting activity based on career and lifestyle decisions.

Attending students were given an envelope containing information on their profession, starting salary, and an overview of the program. They were required to stay within their given budget while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Students learned quickly that temptations like eating out and purchasing the most expensive car were easy ways to get into financial trouble.

When asked what they learned while participating, Central High School student Monica Diaz said, “I realized all the expenses that I take for granted because my mom pays for them. I will be more cautious when I go out with friends and try not to go over on my data so that I do not cost my parents any extra money.”

“This activity is one of our most requested presentations, because it condenses a whole semester’s worth of financial education into a two hour event," said Alyssa Guillory, director of community and public relations at Unity One Credit Union. "Students gain valuable insight without facing harmful, real-life financial destruction. Teaching the idea of budgeting to students is a matter of life or debt, and we take it very seriously.”

Unity One President/CEO Gary Williams closed the event with a special Q&A session. Students were invited to ask Williams about his career and financial insights that led to his professional success.

Teachers and non-profits in the Fort Worth area may request to host a free Dollars to $ense event by visiting Unity One’s website at unityone.org.

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas and served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. After transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations, and individuals. Today, anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN, and Kansas City, KS, may apply for membership at one of its seven branches that serve more than 30,000 members nationwide. For more information, please visit unityone.org.