Financial Fitness Fairs Getting Impressive News Coverage, Positive Results Statewide

May 12, 2016 

In the past two weeks, more than 1,100 students and educators have participated in one of the Financial Fitness - Money Management Experience events, coordinated by Maine's credit unions and the Maine CU League.  In addition to receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from participants and teachers, the Fairs continue to attract significant news coverage on TV, radio and newspapers, all of which highlights the efforts and leadership of Maine's credit unions when it comes to financial education.

At this past week's Financial Fitness Fair put on by the Bangor Chapter of CUs and held at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, the Fair received coverage on at least four of the region's newscasts including a lengthy interview on the region's top-rated news station, WABI TV 5.  In addition to interviewing volunteers and participants, the segment that aired on WABI featured a comprehensive description of what the fairs are all about and the piece has already generated inquiries from other schools interested in learning more about the fairs.  The Fair also received coverage in lengthy interviews that aired on The Voice of Maine News Talk Network, which can be heard throughout central, eastern and downeast Maine, and Q-106.5, I-95, and Z-107.3.  A piece on the Fair and a photo also appeared in The Bangor Daily News and on its website at

"The Fairs reinforce the leadership of Maine's credit unions in helping students to better understand financial education, and again demonstrate the commitment of Maine credit unions to helping individuals become successful financially," said Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine CU League.

As the 2015/16 school year winds down, there are several more Fairs scheduled including one that is expected to attract nearly 450 students in Aroostook County (this Fair was postponed due to snow in late March).  Though final numbers won't be known until after the school year ends, Paradise said it looks like this school year will set a new record as far as students participating in one of the fairs.