Smart Spending

Photo by DAVID A. SEATON

Rafael Vega, left and Bryan Tovar, sophomores at Arkansas City High School, interact with Christina McDonald during the Future Finance event in the high school gym on Wednesday. The program, in its eighth year (it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) helps teens determine spending priorities and budget money. The program was held last week in Winfield, and more than 550 sophomores from area schools were scheduled to attend both events this year. ‘You gotta be smart with money,’ Rafael said when asked about the experience. The program requires community volunteers to staff stations such housing, utilities, transportation, banking and even an SOS stop for those who get into financial trouble. McDonald, the Cowley County Undersheriff, staffed the Charitable Giving station.

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