Students at Eisenhower Middle School are getting a small dose of reality thanks to a career project.
Eighth-grade students have researched and chosen their desired career, and will earn a "paycheck" for what they would likely make in that field. The students then have to take that check and pay for things like housing, transportation, and other necessities.
The lesson's organizers say it's a good way to teach kids how to responsibly handle a budget.
"They don't really have the concept of money and bills and how it all works, and they're going to be in high school and soon enough they'll be on their own and figure all that out," Eisenhower counselor Ava Dorst said.
Representatives from local businesses were on hand Thursday to help students make their decisions.
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