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Reality Check 2016

The 2016 Senior classes from Boscobel, Cassville, Clayton Ridge, Community Central, Decorah, Prairie du Chien, River Ridge, Seneca, and Wauzeka-Steuben, will participate in this year’s Reality Check event. The purpose of "Reality Check" is to give students a "first hand" look at the realities of life. The students engage in the activity with area businesses to gain an insight and understanding of the pressures/decisions associated with living costs and monthly spending.  The students spent the day in a simulation buying homes, cars, insurance, clothing, vacations, paying fines, dealing with health and dental care, repairing broken water pipes and more.  Participating students will actually write checks, use a debit or credit card to pay area businesses/volunteers for a service at the activity.  The "Reality Check" activity will give students a taste of reality as they prepare for their future.  Over 350 students will participate in this year’s activity. Students will be reviewing check writing policies, use of debit and credit cards, investment policies, insurance needs, taxes and more in order to prepare for this activity. Many past student participants have commented on how this activity is an eye-opener regarding the realities of living on their own. 
Many businesses, organizations and volunteers will work together to help the students from the Class of 2016 understand what life will be like when they have to live on their own. One of the most rewarding parts of this activity is the interaction between the young adults and the business and community members. The volunteers come from a variety of businesses including local industry, banks, retail stores, insurance agencies, credit unions, financial investment firms, auto dealers, real estate agents, city and county government, law enforcement and many others.