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Financial Skills Become Reality for Tyler ISD Seniors
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 6:50 AM


Tyler Independent School District seniors learning about finances and detailed money management skills will have the opportunity to apply their in-class studies to a real-world setting. At the "Let’s Get Real" Reality Fair, hosted by Cooperative Teacher’s Credit Union (CTCU), students will be exposed to the important financial decisions they’ll need to make as they get older.

The reality fair is a fun, hands-on way for students and young adults to learn about managing personal finances. Community members and credit union staff assist students in making decisions about everyday expenses and provide financial advice to help them keep a budget.

Prior to attending the reality fair, students receive three days of financial training to learn basic money management skills and how and why to save money. A credit union professional will present a course from the TEA approved National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School program.

“Financial reality fairs are, more often than not, a very eye-opening experience,” said CTCU CEO Tim Miller. “These students are preparing for life in the workforce or college, but for many, this is the first time they have been forced to consider the financial realities of their choices.”

An important feature of a financially responsible lifestyle is savings. In the financial reality fair experience, students are encouraged to save a minimum of 10 percent of their income. The financial advisors explore the importance of planning for future needs and preparing for future financial challenges through savings. The fair will tempt students to spend their income on fun items, but the financial advisors will bring the focus back to saving and thrift practices. 

“One of our missions at CTCU is to provide financial education to our youth,” said Miller. “We hope to be a resource for teachers and work with them to implement these important financial management lessons into the curriculum in our local schools."

CTCU visited the John Tyler High School campus on Friday, April 8, and will visit Robert E. Lee High School on Thursday, April 14, to host the financial literacy reality fairs. Both events begin at 8 a.m.