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High school students get reality check at Financial Reality Fair

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The Financial Reality Fair, hosted by Connecticut Credit Unions, was Wednesday, Oct. 22, and 425 students on the brink of adulthood got a much needed reality check.

Armed with a career portfolio and an imaginary income, students were sent around to different sections of the fair to spend their ‘money’.  They had to purchase food, clothing, housing, transportation, and determine what was within their means, and what wasn’t.

Students chose their preferred careers, and their associated finances, and then worked with available financial counselors to deal with expected expenses, as well as the unexpected.

It was a very rewarding experience for the 425 students who attended, and we hope that they go on to adulthood armed with this new knowledge.  The Financial Reality Fair hosts events all season long, and in the process, have been able to reach over 17,000 students.

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