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    SCMS eighth grader Tara Rose visits with Reality U coordinator Patrick Sehl while she cares for her baby during last Friday’s real-life financial simulation held at the high school gym. (Record Photo)
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    (Right) Craig Richards of Richards Financial Services in Scott City offers advice to students on long range planning and paying off student loans. Pictured (from left) are Harli Roberts, Luis Medellin and Yael Romero.
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    (Middle photo) Brooke Strine calculates how much of her monthly salary remains after visiting one of the booths.
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    Scott City Middle School eighth grader Kale Borell calculates the difference in car payments as he decides what will fit within his budget. (Record Photo)

Welcome to reality

Students get a quick lesson in decisions that will affect their financial future

A 75 minute exercise in household budgeting could have a lifetime impact on Scott City students who recently attended Reality U.

Interacting with local adults, many of them business people in Scott City, students in the eighth and 10th grades visited 12 booths that reflect everyday living for a typical household. Based on occupation and income, students were responsible for purchasing a vehicle, housing (purchase/rental), insurance, child care, utilities and more.

Reality U didn’t award any degrees, but the students gained something just as valuable - the realization that life is expensive.

“I was surprised at how much things cost,” said eighth grader Johnna Sowers. “You just can’t go ask your dad for money every time you think you want something.”

“Welcome to reality,” said Patrick Sehl who was coordinator for the local program.

Reality U attempts to put students into real-life situations.


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