Cumberland County Middle and High School hosted their annual “Reality Store” for 8th and 12th graders on Friday, March 17th. The Reality Store is designed to provide students with a glimpse of their future lives at age 28; to help them learn basic skills in financial and career planning; and to help motivate them to stay in school, stay away from drugs and avoid teen pregnancy. It is a real game of "life."
Prior to the Reality Store event, students had selected an occupation/ career that they think they would like to have as an adult through their ILP. Each career has been assigned an average wage for the region, with students receiving a monthly income. Each student participated in Operation Preparation to help them know about their career cluster area.
All students began their visit to the Reality Store by stopping by the Uncle Sam booth to pay their taxes, then visited the Future Federal Bank to open a checking and/or savings account. Students then visited each of the remaining booths, to make lifestyle choices. Students must visit every booth: student loan repayment, transportation, real estate, health, grooming and beauty, clothing, entertainment, medical and dental, utilities, insurance, daycare center, communications, grocery store, housing, legal services, library, contributions, furniture, and property taxes. Fate intervened at the chance booth. Volunteers at the S.O.S. booth assisted students who got into financial difficulty, while a supplemental booth was available for those who needed to find additional sources of funds (a second job, perhaps). The roving policeman issued citations for various offenses, with the subsequent fines being paid at the City Hall booth.
The Reality Store was "staffed" by area business representatives, agencies and community volunteers who "sold" their services to the students. A special thank you to the following volunteers for giving their time to our students: Sara Huckleby, Sheila Skipworth, Allen Sewell, Brian Scott, Pam Davis, Rebecca Bow, Audrey Perdue, Chris Alexander, Adam Huber, James Long, David Long, Larry Dowdy, Tosha Willis, Kelly Stalcup, Kristy Crawley, Tiffany Thompson, Wanda Gilbert, Samantha Sexton, Brook Bingham, Rachel Phelps, Matthew Dyer, Linda Norris, Annie Alexander, Carrie Harris, Kayte Watson, Codi Murphy, Vickie Staley, Dennis Sells, Claudine Davidson, Laura Guffey, Patricia Garner, Tracey Finley, Debbie Messenger, Terreca Lawson, Angela Tucker, Sharon Hardin, Nathalie Craft, Becky Radford, Kim King, Stevie Wheat, Lindsey Bell, Tracy Vanderpool, Candice Grider, Shaye Maxey, Stephanie Walker, Margaret Riddle, Junior Smith, Greg Cary, Tammy Cary, Ed Peretto, Lawrence Nettles, Brad Perdue, Steve Wheat, Amisha Riley, Sheila Park Sonntag, Elijah Wilson, Sherri Scott, Lori Spears, Sharon Anderson, Karen Henson, Rachel Butler, Margenia Keeton, and Will Hurt.
Reality Store is provided by the Cumberland County FRYSC & 4-H Extension Services.
Pictured Kim King and Beck Radford at the Property Tax booth with Shayla Branham CCMS 8th grader.