8th grade students encounter “Real Money, Real world”


8th grade student Cara Cooper visits the childcare station in the “Real Money, Real World” simulation to find out the costs of childcare for her given adult profile. 

All this week, March 18-22, 8th grade math students at Circleville Middle School have been working with Pickaway Works on “real money, real world (RMRW).”

The program is facilitated by Pickaway Works executive director Christy Mills and the curriculum comes from the Ohio State University Extension. Circleville Middle School serves as one of the county’s five middle schools that she visits implementing the five-day course throughout the school year.

“[The program] can be used with youth ages 12-18, but it is ideally suited for youth ages 13-16. The curriculum is time-tested and has been highly successful because of the creative community efforts of Extension educators, local school teachers, and community volunteers. Real Money. Real World. is fun and distinctive because it includes an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by 27-year-old adults.” – realmoneyrealworld.osu.edu

RMRW brings students face-to-face with checking accounts, paychecks and direct deposits, jobs, childcare, taxes and more. The 5-day program concluded on Friday with a simulation where students are given randomized adult and family profiles with a set income and have to navigate the real world with community volunteers donating their time as bankers, retail store associates, businesses and more without going over budget.

From lines of credit to transportation, speeding tickets, and utilities, 8th graders received their glimpse of the “real world” at Circleville Middle School this week in partnership with Pickaway Works.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank Mrs. Mills and our community volunteers and businesses for assisting us with our real-world simulation this week.

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