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2019 Reality Store – an annual event sponsored by the Etowah Scholarship Foundation. On Friday, February 1, 2019 at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville 1,500 ninth graders from the six area high schools will learn what “Real Life” might be like in their mid-twenties. We need over 150 adult volunteers to help at the 15 stations the students will be visiting.  To volunteer contact Brenda Cooper at bcooper@centurybanknet.com or Doug Belisle at bartowcollaborative@gmail.com

Reality Store is a simulated learning experience in household money management for 9th graders in Bartow County, Cartersville City and private schools.  Reality Store provides an interactive experience in which youth learn how the choices they make regarding career, managing income and expenses, and saving and investing will affect future outcomes. To start, teens draw a salary based on a specific career and manage basic living expenses for themselves and a family. They envision the lifestyle they would like to have in their late 20s, explore a career, receive a checking account “deposit” equal to one month’s salary, and spend their salary in the Reality Store on necessities and extras. They also handle some of life’s unexpected events and discover whether their occupation provides the financial resources needed in order to sustain the lifestyle they want.