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Reality Fair At GAC An Eye-opener For Teens
MADISON, Wis. (3/8/13)--A financial Reality Fair held in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) last week provided an "eye-opening" experience for Washington D.C. teens.

Click to view larger image Last week, the National Credit Union Foundation held a financial reality fair in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Pictured, volunteer Lisa Totaro talks to teens at the transportation booth. (Photo provided by National Credit Union Foundation)
So said Tanya Thomson, art teacher at Washington Metropolitan High School, one of the three schools that participated in the event, organized by the National Credit Union Foundation.

A reality fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students.

"It feels like the students learned a semester's worth of meaningful material in just two hours at the Reality Fair," said Landon Southerly, Math Teacher at Capital City Public Charter School.

The fair was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Feb. 27. In addition to Washington Metropolitan and Capital City, students from Luke Charles Moore Academy participated in the event.

Many others, including members of Congress and GAC attendees en route to visits with their congressional representatives, stopped by to observe the fair,.

"We encourage even more credit unions and leagues to hold their own Reality Fairs across the country, said Lois Kitsch, NCUF national program director. "An estimated 10,000 students attended a fair in 2012 and that number is expected to grow substantially in 2013."

The GAC event was sponsored by NCUF with support and expertise from:

  • The Credit Union League of Connecticut;
  • Maryland & DC Credit Union Association;
  • Congressional FCU; Oakton, Va..;
  • HEW FCU, Alexandria, Va.; and
  • GPO FCU, New Hartford, N.Y.
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