RA Financial Reality Fair 2019

RA Financial Reality Fair 2019
Posted on 11/22/2019
Financial Reality Fair Booths

Phoenixville, PA – Today November 22, 2019, over 150 high school students tried their hand at 21st century “adulting”, during a first ever Financial Reality Fair. This free program, sponsored by TruMark Financial Credit Union, gave students an opportunity to learn the value creating and working within a budget.

Financial Reality Fair is a hands-on experience in which students, after identifying their career choice and starting salaries, are provided a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food - and some not-so-basics like entertainment, travel, and pets.

While the students calculated monthly expenses, they also were required to spin the “reality wheel” which added things like car repairs and illness into their monthly expenditures. At the end of their “month”, they met with a financial planner to go over their results.

Along with the TruMark Financial Credit Union representatives, the reality fair booths were manned by parents, RA alumni, and even prior RA staff members who volunteered their time to help the students get a taste of financial responsibility.

The students and guests both seem to agree that the fair was a valuable (and fun) event. Academic & College Counselor, Tracey Behrens O’Brien radomly handed out different occupations to each of the students. Senior, Grace Moreschi said that she was excited that the salary for her “fair occupation” was very comparable to what she would make as her actual chosen occupation of radiation therapist. “It made the activity more realistic. It really is amazing how expensive everything it is to just live day to day.”

ABC News cameras were onsite today for the event. Unless our story gets bumped for breaking news, the piece should air tonight!

Please learn more by watching the video below.  (Video credit-RA junior, Emiko Akamine)

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