Local students get taste for the real world

8th-grade-simulation

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Eighth-graders at Sarah Scott Middle School, West Vigo Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School are getting a taste of adulthood Wednesday.The event, Let’s Get Real” is an interactive simulation where students pick a career path and then make financial and lifestyle decisions to mimic a day in the life of an adult. They visit different stations to pay their daily expenses. Adults from various professions volunteer to run this eye-opening experience.

The event, “Let’s Get Real” is an interactive simulation where students pick a career path and then make financial and lifestyle decisions to mimic a day in the life of an adult. They visit different stations to pay their daily expenses. Adults from various professions volunteer to run this eye-opening experience.

“Probably the best thing with the kids is when they come to the checkout and you have to send them back and they’re like I don’t know how my parents do this,” said volunteer Doug Simonson. “It enlightens their eyes to what mom and dad really have to do or what their single mom has to do to get through life.”

Ivy Tech mathematics professor, Joe Mangia also volunteered to show the eighth-graders what it’s like to juggle real life finances.

“As a math teacher for years, I’ve been looking for a means to show my students how math is important to them in their lives,” said Mangia. “This program allows students to come in and see how a limited amount of money can be used to provide for housing, vehicles, entertainment, and food.”

“Let’s Get Real” was a two-day event, wrapping up on Wednesday.

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