Putnam County students learn about budgeting money at the finance day held last Tuesday at OGHS. (Putnam Sentinel / Leslie Noia)
Putnam County students learn about budgeting money at the finance day held last Tuesday at OGHS. (Putnam Sentinel / Leslie Noia)

Staff Report

OTTAWA - As they prepare to embark on their next step in life, whether that be entering the job market or moving on to further their education, high school seniors from area school systems took part in the fourth annual Putnam County Superior Financial Education Day on Tuesday afternoon at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. Hosted by Superior Federal Credit Union, the event was designed to provide and informative and interactive program about good financial health and responsibilities.

The Putnam County OSU Extension Office offered the "Real Money, Real World" program that included hands-on experiences for the students in areas such as the expense of living on their own, making sound financial decisions and learning about the consequences of their financial actions.

The seniors were assigned a family situation and a job with a corresponding monthly salary. They then needed to open checking and savings accounts, pay bills, make buying decisions, balance their funds, pay taxes and save for the future. The program was designed to teach students how to live within their means as they work through a real world budget while at the same time learning to understand what are necessities and what are luxuries that they can live without if they can not afford them.

Approximately 435 students from Miller City, Columbus Grove, Pandora-Gilboa, Fort Jennings, Kalida, Ottawa-Glandorf, Leipsic, Ottoville and Continental were expected to attend the program.