“I am participating in the program tomorrow. All the 8th grade’s do it. It’s an excellent program to just show them life isn’t always easy.”
Reality Town is an educational program that gives realistic financial experience to middle and high school students. More than 200 schools are already giving their students an edge in the real world.
The actual Reality Town activity is a two hour simulation held in a large gathering area within your school (i.e. gym, cafeteria). Before entering Reality Town students receive a Student Handbook and Personalized Pay Stub which contains information about their Reality Town family; their spouse, or lack thereof, and the ages and gender of their children. Students choose a job they would like to do and get a chance to see if they can support a family on that salary. As part of the preparation for the Reality Town Simulation, students learn about student and business loans and tax withholding as they examine their personalized pay stub.