Madison Doyle, story and photos:
Today in the Edmonson County Middle School library, EC Family Resource and Youth Service Center hosted their annual "reality store" for the 8th Grade Class. Morgan Esters from the FRYSC organized today's event, and she explained how it works.
"We do this every year for our 8th graders, to get a taste of the real world," she told us. "Each student is given a fake scenario where they are all 28 years old, they are given a job, a marital status, a certain number of children. They walk in with a certain amount of money where they go around to different booths, and they buy insurance, groceries, a car, etc. to provide for their families."
Esters also wanted to thank the Edmonson County locals who came out to participate in the event. "I want to personally say 'thank you' to all the members of the community who showed up today. We could not have done it without them."
ECMS Principal Brandon Prunty also discussed today's event.
"The reality store is always a great learning experience for our 8th graders," he said. "They get some eye-opening information about life, and they can see how expensive life can be, depending on the scenario you are given. It's a great hands-on event to apply some of the knowledge they have learned in Mrs. Amberly's career and consumer economics classes."
Mr. Prunty also thanked the Family Resource Center and the community volunteers.
"I greatly appreciate our FRYSC for organizing the event and all the members of our community who came and volunteered their time to make this a success."