RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Some at risk kids are getting a real world education.
The learning center in the Rankin County School District had it's first reality fair Friday. The aim is to work closely with students who are high risk for dropping out.
Several businesses were on hand Friday working one on one with the students in order to help them learn valuable skills and manage money in the real world. First they were given jobs, then they had to pay their bills. That was a quick reality check.
"It teaches kids real life money spending. I don't think they understand you have to have house insurance and if you have a car insurance. The first thing they wanted to buy was a car and they realized they had to buy insurance and one of the things the house you purchase is based on your income."
Many of the 9th-12th grade students wound up disappointed and facing deficit spending. That's because they quickly found out their money didn't go as far as they wanted it to.
The director of the program says this real life intervention shows the need that they should stay in school and get a good paying job.