Get a job, start a family, pay your bills and try to live on the money you have left. Most adults know all about that, but it can be a foreign concept to youngsters who see their parents as unlimited sources of money and expect to be in a similar financial situation when they grow up.
The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce gives 8th-grade students in Frankfort-area schools an idea of the financial obligations and obstacles they might face as adults through its Reality Store. The store gives students the chance to explore career opportunities and make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.
In the program, held recently at Frankfort Convention Center, students drew a family size at random and an occupation based on their current grade-point average. They were given a salary based upon their occupation and sent to booths, where some of that salary was deducted for necessities such as food, housing, utilities, transportation and taxes. Students could choose how to spend what remained.
The booths were manned by chamber of commerce staff members and volunteers, as well as representatives of local businesses that belong to the chamber.
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