Together with the Helena credit unions, Montana’s Credit Unions is coordinating a High School Financial Reality Fair Friday, March 24, 2017 in the Montana State Capitol Rotunda.
Financial Reality Fairs
The Financial Reality Fair is a 60–90 minute experiential learning activity where students get a feel for real‐life monthly budget. They approach the fair as if they need to budget a monthly salary while paying for housing, utilities, transportation, groceries, entertainment, and some surprises along the way.
This Reality Fair is interactive, which will allow students to visit booths and acquire information and budget expenses based on interest and family size. This eye-opening experience will give students a view into what costs they can anticipate and how to budget for the future.
The Financial Reality Fair is flexible, allowing integration into any school size or timeframe.
Local high schools will be busing students up to the Capitol between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to participate in this experiential learning event. Forty-five volunteers are needed for each of the three sessions held throughout the day. Interested individuals can sign up to volunteer here.
The theme for MFEC’s 2017 Poster Contest is “Needs and Wants.”
Submissions are due Friday, October 28, 2016.
Encourage the children in your classroom, kindergarten through fifth grade, to contemplate the concept of managing their money responsibly by distinguishing between their wants and needs. Winning submissions will be featured in MFEC’s 2017 Calendar!
In “Needs and Wants,” creativity is highly encouraged. Children must illustrate their understanding of the important concept that a person’s needs and wants must both come from one source – their income – and it is not an unlimited source. Remember to use a lot of fun colors and fill the space!
- Needs - things that we need to survive
- Wants – things that we would like to have
Poster Contest Materials
Participants can create their “Needs and Wants” posters creatively on the submission template provided below. Please read the Contest Guidelines and prepare a Contest Permission form to accompany each entry.
2017 Poster Contest Permission Form
2017 Poster Contest Guidelines
2017 Poster Contest Submission Template
WHAT, WHEN, AND WHERE?
The Montana Financial Education Coalition (MFEC) is offering two scholarships for Montana Teachers (PreK–12) to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, November 5–7, 2016 in Dallas.
This conference offers classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try financial educational resources to integrate immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative financial education workshops under three different strands—advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country. View the conference details: http://www.jumpstart.org/teacher-conference.html
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP:
To apply for one of two MFEC scholarships that will cover the registration fee ($425) and transportation (up to $575) applicants must submit the following in letter format: (limit of 3 single spaced pages).
- Applicant’s name, position, school (with a brief description of responsibilities).
- Number of years of teaching.
- Titles of courses taught during the past three years. Please specify which courses include personal finance.
- Statement describing how the applicant anticipates using the information from the conference in their classroom.
- Attach a letter from administrator with approval to attend the conference.
- Submit application to Megan Vincent, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday, September 30, 2016.
How does the applicant share what was learned with the MFEC and other educators? The application can choose what method of sharing works best in their situation for 1 and 2.
- Prepare a poster or power point presentation to share what you learned at the conference during one of the quarterly MFEC Board meetings (to be determined between the board and successful applicant). May be done in person or via technology.
- Share the poster or power point presentation and during the MAFCS meeting April 20 – 21, 2017; MATCE in October 2017; or something in your district/region as agreed to by the MFEC Executive Board.
- Write a short article for the FCS e-newsletter highlighting one concept you learned and will be implementing directly into your classroom.