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Coastal Bend Chapter of CUs to Hold CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fair
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:45 AM

Thanks to the Coastal Bend Chapter of Credit Unions, more than 190 students from Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi will have an opportunity to learn important money management skills by participating in a money management simulation Jan. 9, 2014, at Del Mar College, East Campus Harvin Center.

“One of the missions of the Coastal Bend Chapter is to provide financial education to our youth,” says Chapter President and President/CEO of Coastal Community and Teachers CU Gina Prince. “We hope to be a resource to teachers and work with them to implement important financial management lessons into the curriculum in our local schools.”

The CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fair was developed by the Financial Literacy Education Committee of America’s Credit Union Museum, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Credit Union League.  According to Mike Delker, senior vice president with the Cornerstone Credit Union League, the CU 4 Reality Financial Education Far is made available at no charge to Cornerstone REAL Solutions credit unions because of support received from Cornerstone, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, the Friends of Consumer Freedom and the National Credit Union Foundation.

The CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fair is a culminating, half-day-long event that gives students a chance to see how career selection impacts their financial well-being and their life choices. Participating students create a spending plan based on a salary and juggle needs versus wants to make sure they are living within their means.

Students also meet with representatives of auto dealerships, realtors, lenders, utility providers, retailers and others to help them understand the real expenses they will face in adulthood and the choices they’ll need to make to avoid falling in to debt.

“Spending money has never been easier than it is today, especially for America’s young people,” adds Prince. “Too many students are learning to live beyond their means, because only a fraction of them are learning to manage their personal finances in school.”

“The CU 4 Reality curriculum creates a fun and interactive learning environment where students can practice specific financial management skills and learn early on the consequences of getting in over their head when it comes to financial matters,” continues Prince.

REAL Solutions stands for “Relevant, Effective, Asset-building, Loyalty-producing. Credit unions can learn more about REAL Solutions, by visiting