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Minnesota CU sponsors theatrical performances to teach students good financial habits

Education Money Student LoanMinnesota-based Affinity Plus Credit Union recently partnered with the National Theatre for Children to sponsor 10 theatrical performances aimed at teaching middle school students good saving and spending habits.

The performances—a series titled “Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First”—were seen by more than 2,400 students in schools throughout Minnesota, including in Lakeville, Duluth, Bemidji, Baxter, St. Paul, Bloomington, Eden Valley and Cottage Grove.

“We received such a great response last year from teachers, administrative officials, and parents who expressed that the students really enjoyed the performances, and learned a lot about managing their money, which is why we decided to sponsor the performances again,” Affinity Plus Foundation Executive Director Dave Larson said. “It’s a great way for us to help students learn good habits now about something that will affect the rest of their lives.”

The series focused on key educational topics such as saving, investing and risk, advertising and decision-making, subtracting deductions from wages to get take-home pay and how financial choices affect the future.

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