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Clay Business Women conduct 'Reality Store'

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fourteen-year-old Caleb Abney spins the wheel at the "Last Chance" wheel station as Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton looks on during the Reality Store Monday at North Clay Middle School. The event is sponsored by the Clay Business Women. [Order this photo]
For the 19th year, the Clay Business Women offered its Reality Store for North Clay Middle School eighth-graders.

"We've been at North Clay for many years," coordinator Kathy Deal said.

Deal added the first event took place at the Brazil National Guard Armory, but was moved to the school.

In the past, the Reality Store has taken place in the spring semester. But the Clay Business Women elected to move it to the fall this year due to spring testing for students.

"It's another way we can accommodate the school," Deal said.

Each student has the opportunity to see what life is like as an adult for one month.

They go through 15 different stations in the exercise. Various stations include the bank, dealing with taxes, housing, utilities, groceries/child care, medical insurance, transportation, medical and a second job, entertainment and house decorating, legal, charitable contributions and clothing and the "Last Chance," where students spin a wheel and either have more expenses or gained more money for the end of the month.

From there, students check their end of month balance and consider future financial planning, the final station of the exercise.

"The kids pretend to be 28," Deal said, "and they're given a salary. It's very eye opening for the children, but as we tell them, that's realistic. They learn how to get by as an adult for one month."

Deal said the event wouldn't work without the many volunteers.

"We have many (volunteers)," she said, "many who are retired. We have wonderful community support."

Rachel Bell [Order this photo]
North Clay eighth-grader Rachel Bell, 14, Carbon, went through the stations Monday as a single adult.

She finished the month with $467 in her bank account.

"I did pretty good," Bell said. "I learned (life) can be hard for parents to deal with money. We shouldn't take for granted what our parents do for us.

"I'm probably (going to go home) and thank my parents."

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I think this is a great program that should be offered to all the 8th graders in the county. My daughter done this it was a real eye opener to her. She found out there isnt a money tree

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 11:59 PM

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