Berrien High School Seniors make real world budget decisions during First Commerce Credit Union’s Financial Fitness Fair

Over 125 students participated in a fun, interactive reality-based financial challenge

TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 21, 2023) — First Commerce Credit Union (FCCU) recently hosted its first-ever Financial Fitness Fair at Berrien High School (BHS). In partnership with BHS administration, FCCU guided more than 125 high school seniors through an interactive, reality-based challenge about the financial side of life to kick off National Financial Literacy Month in April.

Seniors participating in the event each received a fictitious career, family profile, and monthly income and rotated through different “life choice” stations. Led by local First Commerce team members and teachers, the students were asked to make decisions about various expense categories, such as transportation, housing, food, childcare, entertainment and more. They also consulted with local experts for advice on saving and investing, building credit, getting a loan, as well as learning about protection from identity theft and fraud.

“First Commerce is committed to helping people of all ages enhance their financial well-being and the Financial Fitness Fair was a fun and interactive way to educate teens about developing good financial habits that will benefit them for a lifetime,” said First Commerce CEO Cecilia Homison. “We were thrilled by the positive feedback from the students and faculty who participated, and plan to expand and make this an annual event.”

The experience proved to be eye opening for many of the students who shared comments such as, “I never thought about money and budgeting and expenses this way until today.” Another student said, “I realize I need to get better at saving money instead of spending it as soon as I get it.” One student even noted they were rethinking their whole life plan.

“The Fair was a great way for our students to experience what it’s like to make important life decisions and manage their finances as they prepare for life after high school,” said Berrien High School Principal Angie Lovein. “We appreciate First Commerce for all they do in our community and for their continued commitment to invest in the financial wellness of students and families in our community.”

First Commerce plans to expand its Financial Fitness Fair at Berrien High School, including making the Fair an annual event, and bring the model to high schools throughout its field of membership, which includes 40 counties across North Florida and South Georgia.

About First Commerce Credit Union

First Commerce Credit Union is an award-winning, full-service, #LocalStrong financial institution dedicated to empowering generations and transforming the communities it serves for over 80 years. First Commerce received the Credit Union National Association’s highly competitive 1st place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service award back-to-back for its #LocalStrong COVID pandemic initiative in 2020 and the #FlamingoChallenge for breast cancer patients in 2021. The credit union serves more than 70,000 consumer and business members across North Florida and South Georgia and has more than $1 billion in assets. First Commerce offers best-in-class consumer and business products and services. The credit union also offers free financial literacy resources in person and online through the FCCU Foundation, as well as comprehensive financial planning and investment services through its subsidiary Six Pillars Financial Advisors, and commercial and personal insurance through First Commerce Insurance Agency. For details, visit or call 850.488.0035 or 800.533.5772. Insured by NCUA. Equal housing opportunity lender.


Kriss Vallese
Director of Marketing
First Commerce Credit Union
(850) 410-3561

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