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Welcome to the Real World/Life After GMS

On April 28, the University of Illinois Extension Office conducted the Welcome to the Real World Program for 8th grade students at Glenwood Middle School with the help of 40 volunteers. In this simulation of the real world, 8th grade students assume they’ve completed the education for their chosen career and are single, 25 years old and independent, with no financial support from family and friends. Students then manage the salary they’ll earn by deducting taxes, determining a savings plan, and spending their earnings on necessities and luxuries that reflect the career and lifestyle they’ve chosen. There were 10 stations that students rotated through: Educational Loans, Housing, Groceries, Transportation, Insurance, Utilities, Clothing, Entertainment, Deck of Chance and Evaluation. Students also had the opportunity to listen to presentations by Glenwood High School students, Jostens, and the Capital Area Career Center.

Special thanks to the GMS Counselors Bridget Bedore and Alyson Mann, and Team Leaders Tricia Langheim and Nino Mattera for coordinating this fantastic learning opportunity.