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‘Get a Life’ Teaches Kids About Money

November 23, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Students at Bridge Street Middle School got a hands-on financial learning experience Wednesday with the "Get a Life" program.

The simulation is a comprehensive financial education initiative, and the game offers a first-hand approach to financial education by allowing students to earn a salary, budget their monthly bills and shop for essentials.

The "Green Reaper" was part of the event, as he "reaped the students' green" by presenting them with unexpected and unfortunate situations, such as vehicle damage and sick pets, for which they had to pay.

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Bridge Street Middle School teacher Juli Hissong advises student Zyanne Hamlin during the school’s “Get a Life” presentation.

Bridge Street Middle School teacher and "Get a Life" organizer Stephanie O'Donnell said the event had an additional detail at her school that went beyond the original "Get a Life" program. Prevention Resource Officer Sgt. Don Miller gave students speeding tickets if they moved a bit too fast from one station to another. O'Donnell said "Get a Life" is an excellent learning experience for many students.

"This program involves everything they learn in the classroom, and it shows them why it's important in the real world," she said. "'Get a Life' helps them understand the financial situations their parents must deal with and the important decisions they have to make. It is a fun event, but it really does show them what they will face as an adult in life."

Parents and local businesses and organizations were also involved in the event. Representatives from Bob Robinson Automotive Group, West Virginia Northern Community College, WesBanco and Huntington Bank played roles at "Get a Life" stations.

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