BPW/Raleigh is proud to sponsor Reality StoreSM, a curriculum for middle school students. Offered in a game format, students learn the “reality” of a monthly family budget and the value of making appropriate choices in planning for career, family and their education.
Realty Store is a simulation game in which students identify their career interests, research a specific career, and receive a mock checkbook with the monthly income entered for the specific career. Students then visit booths manned by community members at which they pay their monthly bills.
At each booth, the students make decisions concerning the standard of living they’ll assume. For example, at the housing booth (manned by a Realtor), students decide if they want to pay for a one-bedroom efficiency apartment or a five-bedroom home.
Following the Reality Store simulation, students discuss the impact of the educational choices they make today on their ability to 1) enter various occupations and 2) support various standards of living in their future.
How it works: 2 volunteers are assigned at each of 10 stations. Their job is to guide students in making choices and helping them to make adjustments to their check register. Prior experience with Reality Store is not necessary. It is an easy job and so rewarding.
BPW Chairpersons are Mary Kim, Carol Wolford and Jackie Flournory. This year we are presenting Reality Store at two locations: Shepard Middle School in Durham on February 15 and Moore Square Middle School in Raleigh on March 28.
For directions to the schools:
Shepard Middle School
Moore Square Middle School