On March 13th, Spencer 8th grade students were shocked with a dose of reality.
The Reality Store is an interactive financial simulation where middle school students learn how their education, life choices and finances are all interrelated and impact their future. During this hands-on experience students are given a hypothetical family situation. Based on that information they make spending decisions for their household. Their goal was to balance a monthly budget which included paying taxes, saving/investing, health and car insurance costs, and paying monthly bills (such as rent, utilities, phone, cable, childcare, groceries, car, clothing, etc.). Balancing their budget wasn’t easy, especially with unexpected financial fates along the way.
Spencer 8th grade students definitely got a glimpse of the future.