HANOVER — The Sixth annual Credit for Life Fair, a highly interactive seminar that helps students learn the basics of personal finance, was held for seniors at South Shore Vo-Tech on Tuesday, April 7.
The event, sponsored by area businesses including major sponsor Rockland Trust, was attended by 133 students, according to school spokesman John Creed. Nearly two dozen local food and event sponsors and volunteers also worked with students at 14 booths.
The goal was to create a realistic budget reflecting the students’ lifestyles and occupations — while keeping within their means. Booths covered the many necessities of life including major purchases of housing, transportation, to health and nutrition. Luxury items included going to a baseball game, owning a cell phone with a data plan, buying birthday gifts and spending the night out with friends.
Many businesses donated gift certificates, breakfast and lunch items as well as welcome coffee and pastry to all in attendance.
Many students chose to have roommates to split costs and make the most of housing choices.
The event was informative and engaging to students who were overheard discussing everything from finding less expensive car choices to stating “I need a roommate.”
— Stephanie Spyropoulos