The eighth-grade students at North Clay Middle School and Clay City Jr. High School got a taste of reality when they visited the 13th Annual Brazil BPW Reality Store this week at their schools.
"We hope that the students come away from this experience learning how the adults in their lives struggle financially in today's world," event co-chair Kathy Deal said. All aspects of life in Clay County are featured in the 15 boothes that each student must participate in during their time at the store. Students experience the same types of wages and lifestyle choices that their parents have available to them in the area. "They learn how to write checks and handle money so that they know how to handle the responsibilities of life."
Some things that happen to the students during the 30 day event are good, like inheriting money, while others, like the unexpected expense of a flat tire, are bad.
One thing that is not available to the students is the option of welfare.
"There are no means of a welfare system available at the Reality Store. Students need to learn how to become confident and responsible citizens that will provide for their own families when they grow up," Deal said. "The comment that we hear most often from students after a visit to the Reality Store is that they never truly understood what their parents have to go through to support a family."