Reality Store: A Partnership with an Engaged Community

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Members of the Middlesex Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs and the educators at St. Clare Walker Middle School team up each year to create a remarkable experience for middle school students. The “Reality Store” is set up in various locations throughout the school. The different aspects of life within a community are created virtually to allow students the ability to interact with the financial decisions and responsibilities that await them in adult life.

Students log onto a secure web portal where they research and select careers, they acquire (monopoly) money, learn the essence of the fundamentals of banking, and are then unleashed into a virtual society of decisions that require reflection and careful planning. At one station, a volunteer walks them through housing decisions, at another they recreate the purchase of vehicles and clothing – all the while coaching and mentoring students through the checkbook balancing process so they can see, in real time, the challenges of living within a budget.

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We are thankful for the time, energy and expertise our selfless volunteers bring and share with our students. Reality Store is an incredibly valuable educational experience and one we look forward to flourishing for years to come!

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