METHUENÂ â Knowing that financial literacy is not currently part of the state public school curriculum, Merrimack Valley Credit Union partnered with Methuen High School to bridge that gap with a hands-on experience for students.
On Friday, April 12, nearly 350 Methuen High School seniors participated in the second annual âCredit for Lifeâ Fair, designed to equip them with the budgeting and personal finance skills theyâll need to be successful after graduation.
âAs a community credit union, we strongly believe in helping everyone â no matter how old or young â acquire a solid foundation of personal finance and budgeting skills to help them manage their finances,â said John J. Howard, president and CEO of Merrimack Valley Credit Union.
âTeaming up with Methuen High School to host the experiential âCredit for Lifeâ Fair is just one of the ways weâre helping community members prepare for their future. We look forward to working with these students as they get ready for graduation and the excitement that waits beyond,â he added.Â
Over the course of a two-hour fair, students selected a career and created budgets with the corresponding salary to guide their decision-making process.
The students then visited 16 booths that represent financial decisions they would encounter as adults: focusing on necessary purchases like housing, insurance, education, and discretionary ones like vacations or gym memberships. While navigating the booths, students also spun the âWheel of Misfortuneâ to receive unanticipated events, which could obliterate or save their budgets.
Once students visited all 16 booths and made their financial decisions, whether they stayed within that budget or not, they met with credit counselors individually to discuss financial choices and results.
Knowing financial decisions and security can impact all aspects of an individualâs life, counselors reviewed each studentâs budget and provided feedback on making more informed financial decisions.
Annual Good Friday walk
ANDOVER â Clergy and ministers from Free Christian, ChristÂ Church, South Church, Faith Lutheran, Andover Baptist and St. Augustine’s will lead the prayers and songs at each of the nine prayer points on the 2-mile Good Friday walk April 19.
Prayers will be offered forÂ peace in the world, Andover studentsÂ andÂ families affected by the opioid epidemic.Â
The event starts at 8:15 a.m., when coffee,Â juice and hot cross buns will be served. The walk takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 43 Essex St., Andover.
The event is open to all.
The Exchange Club of Lawrence Charity Fight Night
ANDOVER â A fight night between West Pointâs FinestÂ and New Englandâs Best will take place Saturday, April 20.
All proceeds will benefit Exchange scholarships, local charities and prevention of child abuse.
Tickets including dinner and boxing are $100; a limited number of $30 general admission tickets available.
For more information and tickets contact Dave Ferguson, 978-314-9127; Larry Yameen, 508-944-7934.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., and general admission begins at 7:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston, 123 Old River Road, Andover.Â