Ninth grade students at Oquirrh Hills Middle School had an opportunity to take a glimpse into their future with the recent ‘Reality Town’ event at the school.
The program shows students the value of education and how far a salary can go to purchase things we all need to live.
Students were assigned a life scenario, salary and occupation based on their grades. Using a play checkbook, students “bought” needed items at various stations in the OHMS gymnasium, giving them the opportunity to learn about juggling financial responsibilities and the education.
“It’s a fun way to teach students about the value of good grades,” said school counselor Jennifer Whitney. “The program also gives students a chance to experiment with creating a budget and learning how to live within their means.”
Students had to make sure they had enough “money” in their bank account to buy the items they needed to live. There were stations for housing, groceries, transportation, insurance, entertainment and donations to charity, among other “expenses” adults encounter on a regular basis.