Dothan High Students get a "Reality Check"

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Dothan High School freshman were paying bills Thursday.

It was part of the schools first year program called Reality Check.

Students were given a profession without knowing its salary and budget for a month.

They learned how to balance car payments, rent and other necessities.

Students say it's a great learning tool.

"You don't need to go and just get what you want, you need to go and get what you need instead of going to get what you want. If you get what you want instead of what you need, you're really going to end up with nothing," said Dothan High School Freshman Megan Wilson.

School officials say the program will help with dropout rates.


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  • by Finally.... Location: Donalsonville on May 4, 2010 at 06:05 PM
    I have said for years that schools should teach this to students. Most students graduate, go off to college and think balancing a budget is calling home to get money from mom and dad. Kudos to the teachers as well as students at Dorthan High!!
  • by JW Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Well, at least they're learning a simple thing such as budgeting at school. I doubt most parents will take the effort to teach their children how to do that. Maybe this next generation will learn to be more financially responsible than the present one (hopefully).
  • by meagan Location: wilson on Apr 29, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    thats the truth,its all true if you get .what you need you will get through life easy but if you dont get what you need but instead you get what you want you not go far in life.
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