Students learn financial realities



By Devin Loring

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Students at Brick Memorial High School got a taste of what the real financial world has to offer on Wednesday.

“Financial education is really what the country is suffering from — financial education for adults and kids,” said Issa E. Stephan, president and CEO of First Financial. “Unfortunately, it’s harder to get adults to come in to listen, so we want to at least get the younger age before habits settle.”

First Financial set up a LIFE financial reality fair at Brick Memorial High School to teach students in financial literacy classes about budgeting.

The students were assigned a career and equipped with a salary. Then they had to make some hard decisions.

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