Reality Fair Provides Students with Interactive Financial Literacy Experience, Brown Says
EAST STROUDSBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) co-hosted a Financial Reality Fair at the East Stroudsburg High School South with the NEPA Community Federal Credit Union on Thursday.

“Promoting financial literacy with our students has been a focus of mine throughout my tenure in the House,” Brown explained. “At the fair, high school seniors were provided with examples of life skills and budget exercises, similar to the ones their parents face on a monthly basis.”

More than 200 high school seniors attended the fair and took part in a hands-on opportunity to experience financial life through various simulations. Students began by choosing a career with an entry-level salary, and then had to establish a budget and plan for how they would pay for essential items.

Students were also exposed to the “Wheel of Reality,” where they had to create a plan for financial difficulties and triumphs of everyday life, such as having a flat tire, broken cell phone or receiving a tax refund, Brown said.

The NEPA Community Federal Credit Union actively engages in financial literacy programs in the East Stroudsburg Area School District. In 2010, it partnered with the school district to open student-run branches in both East Stroudsburg High School North and South. Brown thanked the credit union for its support and assistance at this year’s Financial Reality Fair.

Brown plans to introduce her own financial literacy legislation in the state House in the coming months. Her proposal would define financial literacy as the integration of various factors relating to personal financial management, including understanding financial institutions, using money, learning to manage personal assets and liabilities, creating budgets and any other factors that may assist an individual to be financially responsible.

Her plan would allow future high school students who successfully complete a course in personal financial literacy to apply up to one credit earned to satisfy a student’s social studies requirement for graduation.

For more information about this legislative event, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 143 Seven Bridge Road, by calling 570-420-8301. Information can also be found on online at or

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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