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Hamilton is Giving Students a “Reality Check” on Life

The school will host a financial literacy simulation to prepare students for economic decisions.

Hamilton High School will hold its third annual “Reality Check” financial literacy simulation.

The simulation prepares students for economic decisions they will one day face. Students will receive a “life status” card that gives them details about their career, marital-family status and salary. They must visit stations and make essential life decisions about how to pay for housing, insurance, utilities, food and childcare.

Business representatives, community members and school staff volunteer to work the stations, giving students options based on their the information on their life status.

The simulations will be held March 27 from 7:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Silver Spring Country Club at N56w21318 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls.

Lisa March 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I wish they had this when I was in high school. Sounds like a good educational activity...not enough of this real life stuff is taught! They should also teach meal planning and how to cook with fresh ingredients from scratch!
Mike B March 27, 2013 at 01:27 PM
If they really want to prepare kids for the real world, they should start offering an actual class in Personal Finance such as the one by Dave Ramsey. It's scary to see that if I had started saving money in High School I could be a millionaire already. I wish someone had told me that 25 years ago. http://www.daveramsey.com/school
Lisa March 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Definitely. Teens who earn any money should save it now. Once you are an adult it could save you. I know for me, saving only 50% of all earned money as a teen meant i didnt go into debt getting married (and I had a nice wedding that cost about $10K-$15K) and still have not been in any debt despite only making around $1,000 a month most the time I've been married, when my parents always said you needed $2,000 a month to live on (but I do it on almost half that most the time). With the health insurance costs today some people only bring home about 1/4th of what they make or less. Scary.
Mike B March 28, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Want to be blown away and smack yourself with a "Why didn't anyone tell me that" type of thing? Read this: http://www.daveramsey.com/article/how-teens-can-become-millionaires/lifeandmoney_kidsandmoney/

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