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8th grade students get a dose of reality at annual event

Butler County Youth Service Center partnered with the 4-H Extension office today (Friday, March 31) to provide real-life scenarios for the 8th grade students at Butler County Middle School.  The annual event is commonly known as "Reality Store."  

Each student is polled beforehand and given a budget based on their interest. Students have the opportunity to then take that budget and visit several booths that represent real life expenditures. Students visit the bank first then proceed to cars, housing, child care, taxes, and insurance just to name a few. Students must stay within their budget or go to the supplemental income booth where they can find ways to earn extra money. They get to play the game of chance and blindly choose a life altering experience. 

"I want to thank our community members and businesses from Butler County who volunteer their time to help our students get a dose of reality," said Angie Burden, with the Butler County Youth Service Center.  

8th grader Hadlee Renfrow described the event as a good learning opportunity. 


"We were able to learn about real-life situations and how to be responsible with money," said Renfrow.  


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