Middle schoolers improve financial IQ with program


An interactive theater presentation by the National Theatre for Children was performed on Monday, Oct. 13, at the New Richmond Middle School.

Entitled "Mad About Money," the presentation involved short skits and audience interaction to create an attention-grabbing performance that not only entertains the students, but teaches some real-life money skills.

Two actors from The National Theatre for Children donned costumes and gathered input from the students to present topics on four basic money-managing skills: Prioritizing Needs and Wants; The Difference Between Cash and Credit; All About Investing; and The Importance of Starting a Savings Habit.

Financial curriculum materials were sent to the school as a follow up to the presentation.

The presentation, sponsored locally by WESTconsin Credit Union, gives students ideas to apply textbook financial situations to real life. WESTconsin sponsors presentations annually in the Menomonie, Amery, Glenwood City, New Richmond and Woodville school districts.

For more than 15 years, WCU has partnered with local schools to assist them in reaching their financial literacy goals. Other no-cost programs offered by the credit union include interactive Web site activities and stories, printed full-color newsletters; Making the Right Money Moves classroom materials; classroom speakers on any financial topic; complimentary high school classroom sets of the highly-rated financial magazine--"brass|MAGAZINE"; middle school Kidz Credit Union software and support; fully operational high school credit unions; credit union tours; and a community Volunteer Program that rewards youth volunteers for their efforts.

WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, with membership including residents in St. Croix County.