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Reality Check 2017

Leeds High School is looking for a few volunteers to help with Reality Check!  See details below.  It is scheduled for April 5th at 7:45a.m. and should finish by 11:45a.m.  If you are willing to volunteer please reply to me at this email address.  Thanks, Sandra McGuire

Reality Check

What is Reality Check?

Reality Check is a financial literacy and budgeting simulation geared toward students in 7th to 12th grades.

What is the goal?

The purpose of the program is to teach students the importance of budgeting. It also helps students identify the differences between needs and wants.

How does it work?

The simulation projects students to age 25.

Participants draw a job with an associated salary, educational level, and a family situation.

Jobs range from an electrical engineer making $56,500/year to a nursery worker making $17,680/year.

Students can be married or single and may or may not have children.

After taxes are deducted, students take the remaining money and visit any of the 13 booths which are relevant to their situation.

Students are expected to pay for transportation, housing, utilities, groceries, and other necessities.

What is the time frame?

It takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete the simulation, with an additional 30 minute orientation session to prepare students.


Good volunteers to run the booths are vital. They have to be “pushy” salespeople at the beginning. However, when the students run out of money, they need to help the students find ways to cut expenses.

This message is brought to you by the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Leeds, Alabama, the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and how the Chamber can support your business, please contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 205.699.5001 or

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