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Community volunteers needed to help 8th graders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2011

Contact: Jenny Thompson

Phone: (540) 967-3422

Email: jthomp05@vt.edu

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP LOUISA COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS STEP INTO REALITY

LOUISA, Va. – Louisa County 8th grade students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of reality March 25, 2011.

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Louisa County Office, will hold REALITY STORE, a two and a half hour simulation activity designed to help teens become more aware of the financial demands they will encounter in the “real world.”  Students will be assigned a random occupation, family situation, account register and income tax chart. Their task will be to visit each station in the room and decide how they would spend their income. The stations represent typical spending categories in a household budget such as housing, transportation, food, etc.

Some students quickly spend their income on “wants” only to realize there is not enough money remaining for food or housing. Several students will revisit some stations to negotiate resale of their purchases for a reduced rate or visit the employment booth and take on a second job.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. broken into two sessions, 8:30 a.m.to11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This program is highly dependent upon community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jenny Thompson at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Louisa County Office at 967-3422 or email jthomp05@vt.edu.

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