Eighth Graders Learn Financial Responsibility through Reality U
As a proud supporter of financial literacy, Sunflower Bank is thrilled to announce its collaboration with 2023 Community Partner Awards recipient United Way of Central Kansas (UWCK) in presenting the 2024 Reality U event. This initiative, hosted by USD 355-Ellinwood, brought together eighth graders from various schools in Barton and Pawnee counties for an engaging and educational experience in personal finance.
Students participating in the event took on the responsibility of a 26-year-old, completing an online lifestyle survey that provides information on occupation, marital status, credit card usage, and grade point average. This data was placed through a trademarked software program to create unique scenarios for each student.
Charell Owings, Executive Director of UWCK, shared her enthusiasm for the event: "Reality U is a unique opportunity for students to step into the shoes of a 26-year-old, gaining practical insights into financial decision-making. We aim to make financial education both fun and impactful."
During Reality U, students manage a student passport, which is their version of a checkbook, through twelve booths. Each booth represents a real-life service or product that forces students into assessing their monthly income, credit card debt, student loans, and family status to make decisions about car purchasing, housing decisions, utilities, insurance, and more.
Becca Maxwell of Sunflower Bank emphasizes the importance of community support for events like Reality U:
"Empowering students with financial education is a gateway to lifelong success. Sunflower Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor, working alongside local businesses to make this impactful event possible."