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Students Get the Chance to Live in the "Real World"

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6th and 7th grade students usually spend their time in the classroom. 
But for a day -- they experience life as grown-ups in the "real world"

Courtney Plante has the story.

Students get the chance to live as adults.

"They are going to go into a city. They're going to have a family, a job and they are going to have a budget. They're going to need to learn how to make ends meet," said Amy Johnson, ND JumpStart Coalition.

But they learn it's not all fun and games.

Stuff is expensive," said Isaac Johnson, 7th grade student.

Real World gives students the opportunity to learn what they can do with their money.

"You have children so you have to put them in daycare," said Lauren Forness, 7th grade student.

"To get a car, a house, groceries, electrical stuff," said Isaac Johnson, 7th grade student.

Each student gets a different life scenario...

"I had to get another bachelor's degree," said Isaac Johnson, 7th grade student.

And then make their way through the "city" on a budget. 

"It's kind of cool to figure out how you can track what you've spent," said Lauren Forness, 7th grade student.

15 different businesses help students make these important real-life decisions.
 Amy Johnson says this hands-on experience is a great way to teach kids how to spend, invest and save their money. 

"We want them to understand just what their moms and dads go through on a daily basis. And this is the way to do it," said Amy Johnson, ND JumpStart Coalition.

The students enjoy getting a glimpse of the real world -- but for now they'll continue to live as kids.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

This is the first time in three years that the event is at full capacity. 

 

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