What is Reality Town?
Reality Town is a hands-on simulation in which our eighth grade students learn the realities of adulthood as they make lifestyle and budget decisions, take on careers, salaries, families and the financial responsibilities of the adult world.
What Concepts Are Taught in Reality Town?
Prior to the Reality Town simulation, students are encouraged to explore career choices and set goals for their futures. The students also compose a resume, complete a job application and learn to write checks and balance a checkbook. During the simulation, students learn hands-on how to budget money, practice writing checks, learn about tax withholdings, and are educated as to the many financial obligations faced by adults. After the simulation, the students analyze their experience and discuss the realities of the simulation with their teacher and peers. Students are also taught about savings and debt and the effects of interest.
What are the Goals of Reality Town?
Reality Town is intended to encourage our students to look towards their futures and realize that the choices they make now can and will affect their future lives. We hope that students come away with the knowledge that school, and the knowledge obtained there, is an important step in the development of who they may become, and the lifestyle that they will have. We also hope that students will realize the financial impact that they themselves have upon their own families, and have a greater respect for the financial responsibilities of their parents.
How Can I Help?
The foundation for a successful Reality Town is community involvement and support. Each year, schools in our area need volunteers to work with our students in the Reality Town simulation. No prior experience is necessary. If you would like to aid your local school in Reality Town, please contact the school’s Reality Town coordinator and tell them that you would like to volunteer. The community is what makes Reality Town great.
The purpose of the career fair is to introduce students to a large variety of careers. This is an exploration activity for students as they learn about different careers that interest them. Parents and business owners come to the school to present information about their jobs to students. Students choose the career presentations they wish to attend. Presenters involve students as much as possible in letting them explore the various careers in hands-on activities. Students are expected to reflect on the career presentations they have attended and beginning to decide on their career pathway.
Community business people are a very important part of this activity. Provo School District has had great community support for this activity and we appreciate the parents and business people who present their job information to our students. If you are interested in presenting at our next Career Fair please call Jane Parker at 801-362-3156