Feehan Students Face the “Real World” at Bryant
Feehan boys try to master their budgets from left, Foxboro residents James Julio and Martin Murphy, and Norton residents Jacob John and Mike Capprini.
Seventy-six Bishop Feehan High School students recently experienced “Real World Day” at Bryant University as a culmination of Feehan’s economic Financial Literacy Month. For four weeks prior to this event, the class discussed budgets, credit, investment, loans, etc. as part of the daily curriculum, with guest lecturers representing different parts of the financial services field. This year David Santoro, a certified financial planner, and Kristin Rojas, vice president of community affairs for the Pawtucket Credit Union, were guest speakers.
Feehan girls from left, Gabrielle Delos (Chepachet, RI), Bridget Gaughan (Walpole), Marisol Handren (Johnston, RI), and Kacey Sharpe (Norton).
The Pawtucket Credit Union and Bryant University co-sponsored the event which provided the students with actual hands on experience where the students were asked to “pick a career.” A detailed form was then prepared for them with “Real Life” situations and expenses based on what they can expect 5 years after graduation from Feehan. These situations included looking for a place to live, rent or buy, purchasing an automobile or taking public transportation, insurance, savings, retirement allotment, and more. The gym at Bryant was set up like a trade show with various booths; housing, banking, food, even “temptation island” where their will power was tested.
Matthew Jesser (Wrentham), Ryan Costello (Mansfield), Alexandra Stockman (Walpole), and John Hanson (Norton).
The goal was to “live” based on their projected salary. “We even threw a few ‘life curves’ at them along the way,” commented Economics teacher, Glenn Loiselle. “In the end, they met with counselors to determine if they ‘won’ by living within their budget and saving for the future. Indeed, a real life lesson for us all!”