Fourth annual financial literacy event at Assabet Valley
Marlborough – The Marlborough Rotary Club recently announced that Patriot Ambulance is sponsoring the fourth annual “Reality Check” financial literacy program for Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) sophomores. The program, to be held Thursday, Jan. 23, is co-sponsored by the Marlborough Rotary Club, AVRTHS, and Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Reality Check event presents a financial learning experience for students in an interactive and fun game format. It is held for the sophomore class each spring to give them a taste of financial reality as they begin to deal with income and expenses in their everyday lives.
The Rotary Club provides and recruits the volunteers, as well as the publicity for the event.
“I have volunteered at the Reality Check since it began three years ago,” said Marlborough Rotary Club President David Walton. “It’s just an incredible experience – even fun – to see how the kids learn from it. I’m really proud that the club started this program in Marlborough.”
Reality Check presents the students with real business practitioners playing themselves as bankers, auto dealers, insurance agents, grocery store, etc.
Marlborough Rotary Club Reality Check Chair Peggie Thorsen said, “We are grateful to our volunteers who give their time and effort to make the fair a success. From my four years coordinating this project, I have heard time and again how the volunteers enjoy seeing the light of awareness dawn in the eyes of the students.”
Thorsen added, “We are grateful to Patriot Ambulance, our major sponsor this year, particularly as large donations are hard to come by in the current economy. Also, I want to thank the good auspices of the School/Business Partnership Committee of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce for their support in the recruitment of volunteers from the beginning – three years ago.”
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