The Ohio turnout and news coverage supporting an International Credit Union Week event on high school financial literacy has proved "far better than we expected" with 1,000 students participating so far, the state CU league said.
Indeed, according to the league, TV news crews in Toledo, Dayton and Columbus have turned up to report on an assemblage of young people taking part in CU-sponsored "reality games" with a serious theme of money management and financial health.
The "reality" series put together by league staff with aid from the National Credit Union Foundation REAL Solutions project began Monday at Wright State University in Dayton with students playing a hands-on "Game of Life."
Under the program, young people get involved in making future financial decisions in such areas as job selection, higher education, living choices, car purchases and monthly expenses.
"Our plan now is to expand this program to the larger cities next year including Cincinnati and Cleveland," a league spokesman said.
The biggest turnout--750--was Tuesday at Bowling Green State University for a game called "Finances 101: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk." Each student received a "salary" to pay bills as they encountered setbacks and gains. The game was created by the Northwest Chapter of the league and originally made possible by a grant from the league's foundation.