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Carmel Victor

West M students get chance to experience ‘adult life’

by Carmel Victor on November 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio– West Muskingum Middle School students got a taste of the real world Thursday.

Ohio State University Extension Muskingum County hosted a “Real Money, Real World” simulation at West Muskingum Middle school’s gym. According to the simulation these students are no longer middle school students. They are now 27 year old adults.

“They have a salary,” Program Assistant, Jamie McConnell said. “They have an occupation. They have children. They come in can pay all their bills, that we pay as adults. It’s a unique experience for them. They get to see what’s it’s like for their parents on a daily basis. And learn a little bit about what life is going to look like for them later.”

McConnell said these students often times learn being an adult is not as easy as they might think.

“Consistently, we hear we had not idea how it cost for child care. They’ll say things like, well my mom will still make my food. No mom’s not going to grocery shop for you when your 27. Or they don’t really understand what car insurance covers,” McConnell said.

McConnell said the goal of this simulation is for each student to realize the cost of life and the importance of education.