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St. Helens Community Hosts Financial Reality Fair

Two female employees and two high school students sitting at a table

ST. HELENS, Ore., April 21, 2016: St. Helens Community Credit Union, in partnership with the Northwest Credit Union Foundation, hosted a highly anticipated Financial Reality Fair at Scappoose High School on April 21st.

The half-day event gave Scappoose High School seniors the chance to experience real life in a safe environment, before they go out into the real world where mistakes can dramatically affect their credit and financial future.

“We had nearly 90 students at the fair,” stated St. Helens Community President and CEO, Brooke Van Vleet. “This was a great event for the Careers and Finance class. We were proud to be part of it.”

The day’s event began when each student attending the fair was given an occupation and annual income, and instructed to visit each of the booths labeled as transportation, vacations, rent, insurance, food, etc. They then decided how much of their income to spend on each of life’s wants and needs.

“Students quickly learned that the decisions they make today can directly affect their future,” said Van Vleet.

The Financial Reality Fair took place at Scappoose High School on April 21, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Nearly all 30 of the volunteers needed to make the fair a success were credit union employees.