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Pa.s Reality Fair attracts state officials at Capitol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/18/11)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, through the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions Project Initiative, sponsored their first Financial Reality Fair at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

Students visited the state capitol, in Harrisburg, Pa., for the state's first Financial Reality Fair, sponsored by The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Pennsylvania Credit Union and Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, through the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions Project Initiative. Here, Secretary of Banking Glenn Moyer talks with students participating in the fair.

During the fair, more than 180 Pennsylvania high school students learned about the day-to-day realities of earning and spending and saving, including budgeting for a car, furniture, food and fun.

Students could spin a Reality Wheel to arrive at unforeseen gains or losses of money, such as flat tires, computer crashes, speeding tickets, tax returns, garage sale profits and overtime wages.

Volunteering at the event were 50 representatives from PCUA, the foundation and these credit unions:

  • AmeriChoice FCU, Mechanicsburg;
  • Belco Community CU, Harrisburg;
  • Cornerstone FCU, Carlisle;
  • Members 1st FCU, Mechanicsburg;
  • New Cumberland (Pa.) FCU,
  • P&G Mehoopany Employees FCU, Tunkhannock; and
  • Pennsylvania State Employees CU, Harrisburg.
State Rep. Ron Buxton met with students from Harrisburg High School and Tricia Heisey, right, of Belco Community CU, Harrisburg. (Photos provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
Volunteers worked at booths throughout the fair to help student with their budgeting decisions.

The fair also gave students an opportunity to visit the Capitol building for the first time. Joe Wambach, executive director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, led several of the school groups on a tour of the Capitol Rotunda, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania Senate.

Secretary of Banking Glenn Moyer stopped by to see the event and to meet some of the students, faculty, and volunteers. State Rep. Ron Buxton (D), and Cara Laudenslager, legislative assistant to state Sen. Pat Vance (R), also spent time visiting with students.
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