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A Dose of Reality


High school seniors and eighth-graders from both Henry County and Eminence were assigned jobs based on their GPA’s, then randomly assigned number of children. They moved through the HCMS gym from table to table with their monthly incomes and were charged with securing basic needs like housing, a vehicle, insurance, child care, groceries, utilities, furniture and clothing.

They also had to pay income and property taxes, open a bank account, and choose a “Chance” card that could either yield financial gain or loss. Occasionally, a fictional failed drug test led to job loss.

If they had any money left, students could opt to purchase cell phones, cable TV or set aside money to see a movie or go out to dinner. They could also decide how much money they’d like to donate to charity.

If they were running short, they could take on a second job or seek financial assistance in an attempt to make ends meet.

It’s all an effort to prepare students for adulthood, and to provide them with an understanding of how their level of education impacts their earning ability.

The event would not be possible without a small army of volunteers from every corner of the community. Our thanks to all those involved in make the annual event a success!

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