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Local eighth-graders to take part in financial literacy at fair

Apr 01, 2013

Workplace Learning Connection and area credit unions host eighth-graders from the middle schools in the Highland, Washington and Mid-Prairie school districts will participate in a financial literacy fair at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4.

A partnership with area middle schools, credit unions and Workplace Learning Connection, the Financial Literacy Fair is the culmination of a year's worth of financial study and career exploration for area middle school students. During the year students learned how to keep a check registry, how to make a budget and the importance of saving money. They will also explored careers based on their skills and interests. From this exploration they will choose a career and receive a monthly paycheck for that career to use at the Financial Literacy Fair.

During the fair students will make a series of decisions about how to spend their money. Transportation, housing, insurance and food are just a few of the booths they will visit. As in real life, students will experience unexpected bills or windfalls at the Wheel of Reality. At the end of the fair they will meet with a credit union financial counselor to see how they put their financial knowledge to work at the fair.

The fair will be held at the Parkside Activity Center in Wellman.

The Workplace Learning Connection works with schools within the Grant Wood Area Education Agency and local business communities in an attempt to develop the future work force. By providing these opportunities to the students of today, the Workplace Learning Connection is working to build Iowa’s work force of tomorrow.

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