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MOUNT VERNON — Preparing financially for the future is an important step for everyone, and Mount Vernon High School students were given a crash course on Wednesday when they took part in the “Real Money, Real World” simulation by the OSU Extension office.
Three sessions of the simulation ran on Wednesday morning, with about 70 student, both juniors and seniors, in each, explained MVHS history teacher Dave Caldwell. The students were given normal lives at random, where they were unable to choose their professions, income level, education level or number of children.
“I think it gives them a realistic look at what they can expect when they get out and actually start working and raising families,” Caldwell said. “For most of them, this will just be filed in the back of their mind, but when they start to have to make some of these decisions, hopefully they’re going to remember back and say ‘Oh, I could have put some money away if I had been thinking about it, maybe I should really do that now.’”