Students Get Live Look at Real Life Financial Situations
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
ECMS presented their annual "Reality Store," on Thursday, March 8, 2018 where eighth grade students were given a random occupation, and income, and a list of duties for which they were financially responsible.
They also had to go to the "bank" "insurance office," and sort through other real life scenarios as they interacted with community volunteers at various booths. All the booths were simulated businesses or organizations that would affect a regular household budget.
Morgan Esters, Youth Service Center Coordinator, said each year it's a great reality check for the students.
"We always hear the students talk about how they had no idea about the cost of everyday life," she said. "They learn about healthcare, about child care, insurance, other regular bills and so many other things that most of them take for granted."
The event is sponsored by the Youth Service Center and the Edmonson County Ag Extension Office. Esters said more than 30 volunteers helped with this year's event, which also included several students from the high school.
"Our volunteers are amazing and we appreciate their time and effort to make this work," Esters added. It's a great event that gives our students a good look at real life."