More than 30 exhibitors – from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to investment firms – offered advice and guidance at Bridgewater State University’s first Financial Literacy Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The event was sponsored by the Bridgewater’s new Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives, and its primary audience was Bridgewater students from all majors, the event was open to the public and all members of the campus community. It was orchestrated byt Dr. Margaret Brooks, director of literacy initiatives.
Exhibitors provided useful financial information and resources to educate those in attendance on topics such as budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing. In addition, some of the exhibits showcased the financial literacy work being done on campus by administrative and academic offices as well as student clubs.
Leanne Martin Fay, executive director of the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust, Office of the Massachusetts General Treasury, was the opening speaker. She discussed how the commonwealth is advancing the issue of financial literacy.
Other speakers, performances by various Bridgewater State University ensembles, open-mike time, contests and a collection for Food Bank 4U, an on-campus, non-perishable food bank for Bridgewater students, were also be featured.
Exhibitors included: Bridgewater Credit Union, Bridgewater Savings Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Eastern Bank, Harbor One Bank, Rockland Trust, South Shore Bank, the Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office, EmpowerYourself, Massachusetts Council on Economic Education, More than Wheels, Santander Universities, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation/Stock Market Game, Equity Realty Plus, Wheelhouse Realty, Jack Conway Realty, Fidelity Investments, Travelers Insurance, and a dozen organizations and clubs from across the campus representing opportunities for students.