UMassFive and Greenfield Community College to Host 5th Annual Reality Fair for High School Students

Posted on Mar 14 2018 - 5:32pm by WMWM

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College are partnering to host their fifth annual Reality Fair for local high school seniors. The event will take place over two days from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Greenfield Community College.
Students from Greenfield High School, Pioneer Regional High School, Mohawk Regional High School, Four Rivers Public Charter School, and Turners Falls High School will attend the event on March 20. Students from Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, Frontier Regional School, and Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will attend the event on March 22. In case of inclement weather on either day, the makeup date has been set for Friday, March 23.
At a Reality Fair high school students envision their 25 year-old self, and identify a career choice which has an assigned starting salary. They are then tasked with making important spending and savings decisions by visiting booths where they are asked to select housing, transportation, their meal plan, clothing choices, and more. Once students have worked through balancing their monthly budget, they will sit down with a financial counselor to review their standing. The program, started by credit unions, has been adopted nationwide by both credit unions and banks, due to its success in helping High School students understand the realities of their financial decisions. This particular Reality Fair event is unique because it has brought together not just local financial institutions, but also volunteers from the community, Greenfield Community College, and the District Attorney’s Office to provide reliable advice and support to High School students. It is anticipated that over 400 high school students will attend the event.