SFCU to host youth Valentine's event

Feb. 1—Children and their parents are invited to visit the Community Cultural Center in Sidney Saturday, Feb. 10 for a Youth Valentine's Event.

The free event, which will be held from noon until 2 p.m., is sponsored by Sidney Federal Credit Union. The cultural center is at 1 Bridge St.

"This is a new event," Sidney Federal Credit Union President and CEO Jim Reynolds said. "We are really trying to get more engaged with the community."

Reynolds said during the event, children can participate in fun activities while learning about budgeting and math skills. They will also create a Valentine's Day card for a resident at the state Veterans Home at Oxford. There are enough supplies to make 100 cards.

"Children will visit the monster shop and create their own Valentine's monster," he said. While at the shop, they will learn about budgeting and math skills by deciding how much to spend. While creating their monster, children will learn about saving and spending money and how financial decisions affect their life. They will also learn about sharing and being part of a community, whether it's sharing their money, time, talents or resources when they create the card for the veterans home.

Reservations are required and needed by Feb. 2. To register, call Rebecca Hedlund, member engagement officer, at 607-353-0176.

The Valentine's event is part of the credit union's outreach in the community, Reynolds said. Employees also visit elementary, middle and high schools in the area to talk about financial education. "We bring real world experience to the classroom," he said. "If children learn good financial habits at a young age, that will continue for the rest of their life."

The credit union also teaches area youth about social media scams. "You mostly hear about older people being scammed, but youth are also susceptible to social media scams," he said. "There are a lot of Instagram scams out there."

Vicky Klukkert, staff writer, can be reached at vklukkert@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221.