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SHS Students Participate in Financial Literacy Program

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Junior Achievement held its Real Life Literacy Forum at Susquehannock High School. This day-long program helps prepare high school students for the real world by teaching them about personal finance, credit scores, how to get loans, and how to budget.


“The real meat of this program is the Budget Builder,” said Erika Donovan, Director of the South Central PA Junior Achievement Real Life program. “Students are assigned a unique life situation – number of children, different jobs, different salaries, and credit scores. They then have to come up with a balanced budget,” she added. Students become aware that smart choices and saving money are key to living within one’s means.


Susquehannock High School student Michael Daiuto said, “I enjoyed the budget builder activity as I was able to immerse myself in a real life scenario and experience the financial constraints of a married individual with a child. This definitely opened my eyes to how fast the cost of everything can pile up, and why it is so important to save and invest.”


The Real Life event involved over thirty local business volunteers from area companies, banks, and insurance firms, who worked with the students throughout the day.