On Tuesday, April 25th Whitman-Hanson Regional High School participated in their second Credit for Life Fair to foster financial literacy for senior students and the event was held in the high school gymnasium. A Credit for Life is a reality fair that is an interactive exercise where students visit booths to learn about financial decisions for various services and living expenses such as cell phone, clothing, groceries, renting an apartment, leasing or buying a car, and community service options. Throughout the process, students are challenged to balance their budgets and it isn’t always easy. The booths are staffed by local businesses (banks, insurance companies, car dealers) and the volunteers discuss to students the costs of clothing, groceries, and luxury items. The major sponsor was Mutual Bank which provided padfolios to every senior student participating in the event. Some of the additional sponsors included: Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office, Granite State Development, Panther Education Trust, Rockland Trust, Blue Hills Bank, Eastern Insurance, Harbor One Bank, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), Jack Conway Realtor, South Shore Organics, McLaughlin Chevrolet, Liberty Mutual, and the Kiwanis Club. The event included over 270 seniors, over 50 community volunteers and a Whitman-Hanson Credit for Life work team which included Whitman-Hanson Business teachers, and Whitman-Hanson School Counseling Department.
Overall, everyone benefitted from the Credit for Life fair it was a win-win for the community, students, and Whitman-Hanson faculty to hold this second annual event during Financial Literacy month.
About the blogger: Julie Giglia has been a Business/Technology teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for 14 years. Recently was selected by Next Gen Personal Finance to be their Fellow for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. In April of 2016, she was awarded 2016 Massachusetts Business Teacher of the Year. She has written and won two grants to support 3D printer technology for Whitman-Hanson Regional High School from MassCUE and Otter Box Cares Foundation. She strives to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and make education innovative and fun for her students. Connect with her on Twitter @julegig or at firstname.lastname@example.org.