“It's wonderful to partner with the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance for our annual tree planting event where we help our community and the environment. This year, we also worked with the City of East Lansing to plant trees at the Aquatic Center. Staff at the Aquatic Center said the trees planted around the pool area will help to cool the pavement on hot days, making it a more enjoyable experience for those visiting. It's nice knowing a few hours of work on our end will make a difference for so many for years to come.”— Becky, Credit Union volunteer
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Second Annual Financial Reality Fair

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Published: May 3, 2018

High School Students Learn How to Manage Real-Life Expenses at the Second Annual Financial Reality Fair

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In partnership with the Michigan Credit Union League, the Credit Union hosted the second annual Financial Reality Fair for local high school students at Lansing’s Sexton High School on Thursday, April 19. More than 150 students from Sexton, Eastern, and Everett high schools participated in the fair to learn about budgeting and financing with real-life examples.


Students were able to visit 13 stations that each focused on different areas of life expenses such as housing, food, leisure, charity, and more. To make the experience more realistic, students were given starting salaries based on their assigned careers. If students were assigned careers that required college degrees or specialized certifications, they were faced with student loan debts that impacted their budgets.


At each station, Credit Union employees and interns, as well as volunteers from City of Lansing, Foster Swift, Junior Achievement, MSU Sales Leadership Minor, Lansing Police Department, and Target, worked with students to help them understand how much they could spend and how to manage their life expenses.