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Reality Store teaches students about adulthood

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Trista Anderson meets with "Uncle Sam," portrayed by Bill Reberger during the annual Reality Store at North Clay Middle School Monday. The event is sponsored by the Clay Business Women. Trista is the daughter of Jerry and Debbie Harrah, Brazil. [Order this photo]
Unlike some of her peers, 14-year-old Stormy Batchelor breezed through the 15 stages Monday.

Stormy was one of approximately 375 Clay County eighth-graders who took part in the annual Reality Store at North Clay Middle School.

The Clay Business Women sponsored the event in partnership with Terre Haute Savings Bank.

This is the 20th year it has existed.

During the event, eighth-graders "pretend" they are 28 and go through 15 stages, learning how to make it through one month as an adult. For the exercise, students armed themselves with calculators, ready to crunch numbers.

The stages include: Family Choice, Bank, Uncle Sam, Housing, Utilities, Groceries/Child Care, Medical Insurance, Transportation, Second Job/Medical, Entertainment/Furniture and Decorating, Legal, Clothing/Church or Charitable Contribution, Last Chance (a spinning wheel), Month's End Balance and Future Financial Planning.

Stormy ended up being a married service technician with no children.

At the end of the exercise, she had $450 left for the month.

"It's a good thing to learn," she said. "I understand what parents go through."

Stormy is the daughter of Teresa and Donald Batchelor, Brazil.

Her classmate, 14-year-old Zach Batchelor, wasn't as lucky.

Zach ended up working as a married secretary with one child.

At the end of the month, he only had $50 left.

But the exercise, he said, was very informative.

"It was fun, but stuff is expensive to buy," Zach said. "When you get older, you have to have more money to support (a family)."

Zach is the son of Kristi Batchelor, Brazil.

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