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Financial Family Fitness Night in Louisa

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

Dozens of students, parents and community members attended Louisa County Middle School’s Financial Fitness Night on Jan. 9. Attendees enjoyed a potluck dinner.

Louisa County Middle School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter hosts family night to help educate the community on various topics.

Last year, the chapter partnered with UVA Nursing students to teach guests first aid skills to save lives. This year, the focus was on saving something else: money.

The chapter hosted a Financial Fitness Family Night on Jan. 9. And thanks to a partnership with Wells Fargo, bank representatives were on hand to share advice and prizes with the more than 40 students, parents and staff who attended.

“The goal of the Family Night is to help educate our young students and their families about spending saving, earning and protecting their money,” Gracie Quarles, the middle school’s FCCLA adviser, said.

Quarles, who is an alumni and associate member, along with chapter members and Jen Garrett, a program manager at Wells Fargo, came up with various strategies to accomplish that goal.

After a potluck dinner, Wells Fargo representatives Noah Elias and Nancy Walker gave an in-depth presentation on financial planning, explaining topics such as credit, expenses and interest in easily understandable ways. Then, chapter members presented several games and activities, each with themes that promoted financial security and with prizes (banks, stress stars and pens) donated by the Virginia Commission of Securities.

Quarles said that in this day and age, the time to talk with middle school students and parents about money is now.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 24, 2019 issue.

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