Reality Town is a simulation that allows students to correlate their grade point averages with real life jobs and budget monthly expenses based on that income. Students first apply for and receive a job selected from a range of options depending on their middle school grades earned to date. Students are then randomly assigned a family that may or may not include children and a spouse. Students then must purchase the necessities of life while staying within a budget range determined by the job they chose. Several volunteers from the community and college helped run this event with volunteers running a booth where the students go to fill out living expenses. There are over 20 stations that the students go to including; housing, food, clothing, insurance, utilities, medical, dental, childcare, financial counseling, military, supplemental income and many more. This simulation not only helps students understand how their grades can relate to a career, but also help them understand concepts such as budgeting, check writing, and a greater understanding of expenses that exist once they move away from their parents.
Additionally that day students are able to hear from a select group of speakers as they rotate through various rooms. This year students were able to hear from speakers sent by the Military, USU, BATC, Stevens Henager, and Zion's Bank. We would like to give a thanks to those speakers who participated.
We would also like to give a thanks to Conservice, USU, and parent volunteers for helping provide the manpower to make this event successful.