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County students to face ‘reality’

The reality of life brings many unknowns, as well as those anticipated happenings families expect, along with the many known factors.

There are unexpected expenses that come with the usual bills for necessities. Add those things you want and it quickly becomes a large sum, sometimes more than the family income.

What do you do? The best you can.

That’s when the reality of life sets in. Tough decisions must be made to determine what bills will be paid, what won’t be paid and which necessities come first for the money at hand.

Wednesday eighth graders at Pulaski and Dublin Middle Schools will get a taste of what life can bring when they have opportunities to see what those realities are. They will participate in Reality Fair at New River Community College.

Students will be able to visit 18 booths representing different financial aspects of life. First comes a drawing of a “life” out of a hat followed by the revelation of marital status, family size and ages of children, occupation, and income.

Some realities of life follow. They must pay taxes, buy a house, car, grocieries, insurance and other items and services.

In the short time at the Reality Fair, students should have a different perspective of what life after school days might be like and why parents sometimes discuss money, necessities and wants,

Volunteers can have an impact in a setting and topics they are familiar with, not as a teacher in the classroom, but someone from the community.

Anyone interested in helping students learn life’s lessons in a casual setting can contact the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 674-1991.

Lend a hand and help students learn some aspects of reality.