Seventh grade students from Polk County Middle School recently attended a problem-based financial literacy program presented by employees from North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union.

Staff from the credit union and parent volunteers manned stations that were all part of adult-life scenarios. Each student played out a random financial profile beginning with a gross monthly income. Students had to make decisions about housing, transportation, credit cards, insurance and other real world expenses.

The program was exceedingly informative.

“I had a lot of fun,” said Aliya Conner. “I got to learn and discover the stress of being an adult.”

“I had an awesome experience,” Lizze Trejo-Mejia said. “I learned that having a good job and education is helpful to our lives. For once I felt what my parents feel when they have to pay all of our bills.”