NWCUF, FEPPP to Train Teachers at Financial Reality Fair

Spokane-area teachers face some tough decisions as they put their personal-finance skills to the test at a “teach the teachers” Financial Reality Fair in February.

By: Kim Vu, Executive Director, Northwest Credit Union Foundation

On Tuesday, August 12, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) will join Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) at the Financial Education Training Institute, hosted by the Washington State Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP) for a NWCUF Financial Reality Fair. Held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington, the event will offer 50 K-12 teachers two days of learning about the best-of-class financial education curriculum and programs available to incorporate into their classroom instruction. The Financial Education Training Institute on August 12-13 is the third session being held this year, and so far over 100 teachers in Washington State have leveraged the training.

The NWCUF Financial Reality Fair program will be highlighted on August 12 and will be led by WSECU’s Financial Literacy Coordinator, Karen Childs. Volunteers are needed to play the roles of booth vendors — from transportation, housing, health, electronics, to part-time jobs during a 90-minute simulation. Volunteers will guide teachers on the choices they can make. They will be required to create a budget based on the career they receive as a graduate of a post-secondary education.

Volunteers who have the opportunity of being a booth vendor for “fun” expenses like vacations and nightlife will get a chance to really flex their sales skills and up-sell participants. Getting them to spend more than they should is a real-life lesson, and it helps participants learn the importance of having a budget to save for the future.

Visit the NWCUF website to register as a volunteer or learn more about Financial Reality Fairs. Get to know FEPPP and all financial education initiatives and legislatives efforts here.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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