OAKLAND — A Financial Fitness Fair was setup Jan. 17 for approximately 720 Messalonskee High School students.

The mission of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union was to provide education on financial security and basic real-life budgeting concepts, according to a news release from the credit union.

The students chose a profession, was assigned an annual salary and credit score. They then visited several booths such as housing, furnishings, credit cards, autos, student loan debt, and more. The students rounded the booths complete with little twists such as the “Reality Wheel of Life” that threw in real-life curveballs such as speeding tickets and cellphone repairs. The test was that they had to come back with a balanced budget at the end of the exercise which needed to include a savings plan.

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