Grandparents University Provides Summertime Education to Alums and Grandchildren
From June 30 to July 2, 2015, Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus was filled with a combination of 1,200 or so grandparents and grandchildren who took part in Grandparents University.
Grandparents University is three-day educational opportunity for alumni who are grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 8-12) to spend time on the MSU campus together. Families who attended the event experienced college life, from living in the residence halls, to attending fun and interactive classes across campus, and exploring all MSU has to offer.
MSUFCU was on hand July 1, and 2,to lead two class sessions titled, “Cash Conversations with the Credit Union.” During the lesson, grandparents and grandchildren worked together to come up with ideas about what makes credit unions and banks similar and different, while later on families teamed up to play a “Price Is Right”-style game that taught needs versus wants and the cost to shop for both of those things. The lesson then ended with a discussion about saving, spending, and sharing and why each of those money categories are important. After the discussion, each grandchild worked with his/her grandparent to decorate a mason jar bank to be used for saving, spending, or sharing.
“Grandparents University was an awesome experience,” said Paul, an MSUFCU Financial Education Specialist who instructed the class. “To see these two generations come together and interact and learn about something important like financial education was great to be a part of.
“I felt like the grandparents took away just as much from the class as their grandchildren did, not to mention several of them got very competitive during the game we played. It was just very cool to observe the bonding, learning, and fun going on inside the classroom.”
Grandparents University offers more than just financial education classes, as topics span across many educational subjects, hobbies, games, and more. If you are interested in finding out more information about the program and signing up for Grandparents University in the future, go to www.grandparents.msu.edu. Registration is open to everyone on a first-come, first served basis. Plan ahead and hopefully MSUFCU will see you on campus next summer!