Middle schoolers live like an adult

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM CDT

Poplar, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Students in the 8th grade at Northwestern Middle School in Poplar got a better idea of what life can be like as an adult.

Kids don't typically realize how much of an expense they are, but through an exercise designed to teach financial responsibility, 8th graders found out.

"Kids are expensive" said 8th Grader, Sydney Anderson.

"I had five kids! So I definitely saw you needed a bigger car, a bigger house,it was a lot more expenses" said 8th Grader, Meggan Lind.

This 8t grader didn't actually have five kids. She was participating in a simulation that took her through a month in adult life with an assigned job and family while trying to balance finances.

"You buy insurance, a car, buy a house, sell things, buy clothing for your family" said 8th Grader, Anthony Lupa.

Organizers say the event teaches financial literacy.

"This is a great opportunity for them to see what their parents go through on a day to day basis and then they get to see the value of money of like how much money everything costs" said Event Coordinator, Jennifer Forsythe.

They also learned that sometimes things just come up.

"I got into a bike accident and I lost a couple hundred dollars" said Lupa.

"One of my children broke their glasses. Had to pay for that" said Lind.

Besides preparing the students for a future that can be difficult to manage at times, the event also brought them a new appreciation for the life that their own parents provide for them currently.

"I understand how hard it is now with taxes and all that" said Anderson.

"I'll probably thank them for going through all of the stress of having kids" said Lind.

"So now I know why their screaming sometimes" added Anderson.

Something parents will appreciate when their children come home after this lesson.

High school students and representatives from area businesses helped to run the event.

Bryce Henry