Making life real for middle schoolers

Students grapple with the game of life at the annual Reality Town event.
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Grand County Middle School students got a dose of reality Friday when community members manned stations where the pupils could pay bills, buy commodities, invest and buy homes and cars. They learned how to manage money, what is required to make wise investments – and even the need to find a second job at times in order to make ends meet.

Guidance counselor Marva Lewis organizes the event each year. Pictured in the photo above from the left are Riley Davis, Josalyn Murphy, Wyatt Miller, Ryker Paxman and Megan Zunich with Kyson O’Donnall in back and Kris Hackney assisting students.

Each student is given a job and a pretend life scenario for someone who is in the workforce at about age 30. Their status can be married, single, with children, a single parent, or any number of other life scenarios. Each student has to purchase or rent a home, buy a car or get a bus pass, pay for food, clothing, insurance and deal with many of life’s myriad choices. Many of the students dressed up to fit their job descriptions, according to a statement from the school.