Real Money Real World
Members and volunteers with the Ohio State Geauga Extension office spent the day at Chardon Middle School on December 19th, working with 7th graders to help them better understand the importance of solid math skills in daily life.
The students participated in Real Money Real World, a mock real-life budgeting scenario. Students were given a career, a family, and an annual income ahead of time (in their math classes) and had to go around to various stations to decide how much they can spend on budget line items (gas, housing, food, etc). They were taught to account for various taxes, debt payments, and savings as well.
It was a great opportunity to apply what they learn in math classes with the calculations while also providing a reality check about life. Not surprisingly, comments from students engaged in the simulation included: “Diapers are so expensive!” “I’m living with my parents forever!” “My kids don’t get cell phones. “I don’t have any money left in my budget!”
Thank you for all who helped support this year’s Jeremy’s Kid’s, the annual holiday service project at Chardon High School. The service project honors Jeremy Mizen, the son of CHS teacher Rob Mizen, who died as a six year old in a tragic car accident on Christmas Eve in 1999. Students, staff, and families were able to raise over $8,000 in Jeremy’s name, which is the most money the fundraiser has collected in over 10 years. Students were able to shop and wrap presents for over 30 families in need.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Chardon Middle School 7th graders recently participated in Real World Real Money, a mock real-life budgeting scenario, sponsored by the Ohio State Extension Office. The program to helps students to better understand the importance of solid math skills in daily life.