Students learn about financial literacy at second Reality Check program

By Natalie Gilstrap For Clay Today
Posted 12/7/22

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Keystone Heights High and Capital City Bank partnered to bring the second Reality Check to the school.

The goal of the event was to teach students about financial literacy and …

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Students learn about financial literacy at second Reality Check program

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Keystone Heights High and Capital City Bank partnered to bring the second Reality Check to the school.

The goal of the event was to teach students about financial literacy and provide them with a better understanding of the cost of living.

“It kind of shows us what to expect when we get older,” student Chloe said.

The event was held in the school’s gym and it attracted 55 volunteers. At the start of each period, students were given a package that stated their job, marital status, family and income before being directed to the bank table. Then they were directed to the housing table and then to the utility table before being allowed to visit the other booths like transportation, grocery, clothing and insurance.

This year’s event attracted more students who wanted to manage their expenses and checkbooks.

“I think the kids are coming to the realization that they are applying the skills,” said Tina Baker, director of Community Partner Schools. “It’s an application. They see the connection and that’s the big piece of it.”

Volunteers were served lunch provided by Clyde’s Cozy Kitchen Café.

Teachers said the event was a useful tool for the students.

“I think it’s great if the kids actually get into it,” said math teacher Leah Pruit. “My kids that are into it are really enjoying it.”

She said it’s important and recommends that students should participate. Not only did the teachers support the event, but students also said it was engaging and beneficial.

“It’s really fun. It’s a whole learning experience,” student Keila said.

Volunteers viewed Reality Check as an important tool and would recommend others to volunteer.

“It’s a great experience. We’ve recommended it to everybody that’s asked,” said volunteers Debbie and Todd Bealls.

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