Hudson students get a hands on learning experience

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Seniors at Hudson high school are getting a lesson in money management but it's not from text books.

It's from an on campus branch of the Lufkin Federal Credit Union.

"We just thought it would be a good idea to come out and work with the students trying to help them with managing money and budgeting," said Lufkin FCU CEO Linda White.

And teachers believe this kind of experience can help more than a book.

"They learn more from hands on experience, and this branch gives hands on experience to the students," said Hudson ISD Careers and Technology Director P.T. Walters.

When the branch first opened at the beginning of the school year, senior Bryce Henry wasn't sure what to expect.

"I didn't know if I was going to have fun. I actually didn't know anything about it," said Henry.

Even though the students aren't paid to work at the branch they have enjoyed the whole experience.

"It made it fun to deal with real life numbers and the money and the experience of working for an actual business," said Hudson senior Kristen Herrington.

"They like it because if you are running low on lunch money, you can come by and get some lunch money," said Henry.

Residents of the community can also benefit by using the public ATM outside of the school.

The credit union placed the ATM outside of the gym hoping to build a relationship with residents in the area.

"They don't have to drive as far and when they are coming to the school to activities they can have cash available where they can use it," said Smith.

The credit union hopes that this connection with the school and community will continue in the years to come.

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