As National Financial Literacy month sweeps the nation,
the Boston Bar Association and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of
Massachusetts today announced that groups of high school students will be
flocking to the John W. McCormack building at 5 Post Office Square to view an
enactment of what occurs when an individual files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
relief. This is the "Consequences Module," and the last session of the M.
Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, a joint program of the BBA and the
Bankruptcy Court now in its 9th year.
The sessions at the McCormack building will be held on April 3rd from 9:30 am
to 1:30 pm and April 4th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am with U.S. Bankruptcy Judges
Joan Feeney and Frank Bailey. The judges will be meeting with students from
Brighton High School, Woburn High School, Boston Community Leadership Academy,
Another Course to College, Milton High School, and Peabody High School.
By the time the students sit on the "Consequences Module" at the court, they
will already have learned about Personal Finances and Budgeting, Using Credit
and Credit Cards, and Buying a Car in previous sessions held at their
Members of the media wishing to attend must be
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Interest in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy
Program has grown steadily each year. Starting in just a handful of classrooms
in 2005, the program has more than doubled since last year, reaching over 1,000
students this year. Part of that growth can be attributed to the Boston Private
Industry Council, a partner -- along with the city of Boston -- in the BBA
Summer Jobs Program.
The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program
receives support from the Boston Bar Foundation and is taught by volunteers from
the BBA. For more information on the program contact Public Service Programs
Coordinator Katie D'Angelo at email@example.com