Students Learn Real-life Lessons Via BrightStar’s CU@school Program
Walter C. Young Middle School Finance Academy students learned a few real-life lessons this past school year with a little help from BrightStar CU’s CU@School program. Lessons included finding ways to make and save money for short, mid and long term goals. Margarita L., an eighth grader, baked and sold brownies so she could save for her iTouch as her short term goal. Daniel P. found loose change around the house and saved his allowance so he could surprise his mom with an iPod Nano. And Joseph S. worked with his mom part time brushing horses used for rehab and therapy. Susan Peretson, faculty advisor to the club, along with BrightStar Credit Union, started the Finance Academy to help increase financial literacy awareness at the school.
“We meet twice a month. Students learn how to run the school credit union as student tellers and most of all learn various financial lessons on money management,” said Peretson. “I’ve seen it from the infancy stage all the way to where we are today, and I believe we are making progress with the students.”
Peretson credits BrightStar Credit Union for introducing the CU@School program to the district. Congratulations to all of the participating students this year. Enjoy your summer!