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Sikorsky Credit Union helps Henry Abbott Tech students get a Financial Reality check

STRATFORD, CT (May 30, 2017) — For most adults, the reality of managing expenses can be a challenge.  For high school students, this “reality” is not far away, but many have yet to experience what it will be like.  Sikorsky Credit Union works to help high school students preview what they will face in the future by sponsoring Financial Reality Fairs.  Students in several local communities were able to glimpse into their future by attending a Financial Reality Fair at their school earlier this spring.  Less than two weeks ago, students at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury were treated to the same experience.  This is the ninth year that Sikorsky Credit Union has held Financial Reality Fairs, and the fifth year at Henry Abbott Tech.

The Financial Reality Fair gives students the opportunity to experience “real-life” finances based on their chosen profession.  During the Reality Fair, students visit expense tables to spend their “hard earned money” on real-life choices, such as housing, transportation, food, and utilities.  They are tempted along the way with nonessential expenses including pet ownership, electronics, concert tickets and vacations.   Students also step up to spin the “Wheel of Reality,” which increases or decreases their cash flow and simulates unexpected events and expenses that occur in day-to-day life.  After students visit all of the expense tables, they balance their budgets to see if they made the right choices to successfully live on their own.  Students then meet with volunteer financial counselors who determine how well they managed their budget and give suggestions.  In the end, students walk away with an awareness of the financial challenges they will face and the experience of maintaining a lifestyle based on a budget.

“Today’s experience reminded me of the value Reality Fairs bring to the students who learn just how much real life costs,” mentioned Vincent Ciambriello, the President and CEO of Sikorsky Credit Union who participated in this event as a Financial Counselor.  Ryan Kelley, Computer Applications Teacher in charge of the Reality Fair at the school added, “The Sikorsky Credit Union team of volunteers did an outstanding job. The program gave our students an understanding of what managing money in real life.

situations is really like and why budgeting and managing your money is so important.”

Earlier this spring, Sikorsky Credit Union also held Reality Fairs at high schools in Ansonia, Oxford, Seymour and both high schools in Stratford.

CEO Vincent Ciambriello, attended the event as a counselor.


About Sikorsky Credit Union

Sikorsky Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Connecticut with more than 55,000 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or volunteers in Fairfield, Hartford, or New Haven counties. Sikorsky Credit Union believes in banking the way you choose and gives members the option to bank at one of their convenient branch locations, online, or through their mobile app. For more information, please visit www.sikorskycu.org. Deposits insured by the NCUA, an agency of the US government.

Contacts

Patricia Diorio
(203) 385 – 7386 | pdiorio@sikorskycu.org

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