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South Central students get a 'reality check' in life

By JOE CENTERS • Nov 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM

GREENWICH — Money doesn’t grow on trees.

How many times have parents said that to their children? That was one of the lessons seventh- and eighth-graders learned Tuesday morning at the South Central Reality Store.

School counselor Ashley Fishbaugh said it was a good reality check for the students.

“It is a real great event for our seventh- and eighth-graders to get a glimpse of what people have to purchase in life,” she said.

Students were given a job with a monthly and yearly salary. They then had to see how far that money would go.

“They had to go around and try to buy all the things parents have to buy in real life such as food, clothing, housing, insurance and all of those life necessities and try to stay in the positive at the end of the event,” Fishbaugh said.

“We had lots of people in the community come in and help out.”

Students had to shop around to get what they need and some were even stopped by local law enforcement officers who issued tickets.

One student, seventh-grader Jacob Roth, was issued a citation for “illegal gambling.”

He went to court and appeared in front of acting judge Mike Ruggles, former police chief in Norwalk and Monroeville.

Roth was found guilty by Ruggles, who boasted about his “100-percent conviction rate.”

“It is a reality check,” Fishbaugh said. “Many of them are finding out it’s not so easy to have money left over in the end and many of them are even working a second job and still struggling.

“I hope it’s a good glimpse of reality for them and money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s a good reminder to them.”

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