Press of Atlantic City Highlights Inaugural Reality Fair at Holy Spirit High School

A recent article in the Press of Atlantic City highlights the April 3rd Reality Fair held at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon. Jersey Shore FCU sponsored the Fair, and with help from volunteers from neighboring credit unions and community partners, reached 200 students with the hands-on experience of completing a monthly budget.

Jersey Shore FCU sponsored the event at no cost to Holy Spirit High School with the help of a grant from the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, which covered half of the fair expense, the article points out. It was the first time Jersey Shore brought the Financial Reality Fair to a high school.

The article provides a detailed overview of the hands-on, customized experience, explaining that prior to the Fair, students chose a career and found their starting salary in that field. Based on that information, students were provided a personalized monthly budget worksheet. They then pretended to go through life, stopping by booths to purchase clothing, food and cars, rent homes, finance furniture etc. Their goal for the fair was to stay within their budget and have money left in their pockets after paying all their bills for the month.

“We are excited to bring the Financial Reality Fair to Holy Spirit High School students who will be starting life on their own within the next few years,” Jersey Shore FCU COO Anne Musto told the Press. “I am confident this exercise will have students thinking more about their career choices, spending habits, and saving for their future. Feedback from faculty and the students was very positive.”

More information on the Reality Fair program is available here

You can support the Reality Fair program by participating in the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation’s Casino Night fundraiser on May 2, 2019 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. More information and registration is available here