Reality Fair Schools Students In Real Life

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Northwest Rankin Middle School students were schooled in the art of real life recently by participating in a Reality Fair. I was fortunate to play the role of "Realtor" in two sessions at the school.Student Reality Fair

Students selected their desired occupation, and based on that choice, they were paid a salary and instructed to find housing, connect utilities, pay their insurance, cell phone, etc. Their choices had to fit within their budget. In some cases, students had to negotiate ways to either increase their income or reduce expenses. 

The number one stop on their shopping list was to find a place to live. So one by one they visited the housing booth. Based on their income, wants and needs, they chose between a one bedroom apartment, sharing a two bedroom with a roommate, thereby cutting their expense, or even a three bedroom single family home.

It was fun to watch as they learned they couldn't always afford what they wanted, but most quickly adapted by asking a classmate to be their "roommate".

As I assisted these newly independent "students of life", I observed their career choices. There were professional athletes, a few computer programmers, doctors, an actress, and at least one enrolled in the military. 

One young man hadn't chosen a career path, so he decided to live at home with his parents.  Even choosing that option, he was obligated to pay a certain amount toward household expenses. He wasn't happy having to pay to stay. "But my parents said I could stay for free. I DISCUSSED it with them".

I explained for purposes of the "Reality Fair", he had to pay the monthly stipend to his parents. Whatever he worked out with them outside of class was up to them.

The experience was enjoyable and I will participate again. I hope the bright young minds got a glimpse into the future and will take the lesson to heart when making their career and housing choices.

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Nina Hollander
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Hi Pat... how great was this! Love the concept and wish it were applied to all school districts. I bet it was quite the eye-opener for many.

Apr 13, 2018 08:31 AM #1
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Will Hamm
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Hello pat,  Wat a interesting event for student and a great learning lesson for them.  More schools should do this.

 

Apr 13, 2018 08:34 AM #2
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JL Boney, III
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Sounds like a good idea to me, reality is going to hit young people at some point, they may as well be ready for it.

Apr 13, 2018 09:05 AM #3
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Hannah Williams
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What a great way to be involved in the community  . Wonderful day a lesson learned by many  this post has been

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Apr 13, 2018 10:14 AM #4
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Nina Hollander I think it's a great concept and all schools should offer a similar program. At that age I had no idea the cost involved in living separately from my parents.

Apr 13, 2018 01:48 PM #5
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Will Hamm I believe the lesson was invaluable!

JL Boney, III you said it! And I loved the name of the event was Reality Fair.

Apr 13, 2018 01:50 PM #6
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Hannah Williams First, thanks for featuring the post in Bananatude. 

The experience was fantastic! I loved being the "Realtor" to these 8th graders and sharing with them what it took to get a house or an apartment in today's society.

Apr 13, 2018 01:52 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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What a neat idea for schools, Pat.  This concept goes far in enticing students to think more about their future.

Apr 13, 2018 02:55 PM #8
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Pat this is such a great event for kids to be involved in - and koudos to you for helping them out. Kids need more of this kind of learning... a LOT more.

Apr 13, 2018 04:36 PM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I have no doubt some of these kids will go on to do exactly as they plan. Others may have to rethink their career path. It was VERY interesting.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker - I only attended the afternoon session, not the full day. But it was fun and interesting. I remember having to choose a career in school and having to write a book report about it; this was MUCH better!

Apr 13, 2018 05:28 PM #10
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS  The 8th graders are our clients of the future . Great job hope you do the same next year

Apr 14, 2018 11:42 AM #11
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Hannah Williams - You're right, but I never thought of that!! How bizarre if one of them comes up to me in a few years and says "you may not remember me, but you came to my school when I was in the eighth grade!" Ha!!

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