Meridian Star

March 27, 2013

Kemper High students get dose of reality

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Kemper High School students will be exposed to the realities of everyday living expenses such as utility bills, grocery costs, and car payments through an event coordinated by P.AC.E.S. (Parents & Community Equals Educational Success).

    The event, known as “The Reality Store, ” takes place this morning and serves to help students develop a greater appreciation for the value of money while also assisting them with understanding which career paths better align with the quality of lives they would like to lead, according to a press release.

    “In today’s society, our youth sometimes take the cost of certain privileges like food, clothing and shelter for granted," P.A.C.E.S. coordinator Bernard Hulin said. "This program aims to expose them to the true value of these items and how proper management or mismanagement of funds can have tremendous impact."

    During the program, 9th graders at Kemper High will journey through a series of booths manned by representatives from local businesses. Each booth will represent a real-life service or product frequently utilized in society.

    Students will need to determine which services and products they can afford with limited resources provided by event organizers.

    "Students who choose wisely will illustrate the ability to manage funds well while maintaining a good quality of life," the press release states. "Those who do not will get a good lesson on the importance of money management."

    Partners for the event include Mississippi Power, Commercial Bank, Reed Realty, East Mississippi EPA, State Farm, Southern Chevrolet, Busy Bee Consignment Shop, Pilgrims – Food Liner, Kemper Kiddie Kollege, Mississippi Department of Employment Securities, Weems Mental Health, the County Line Club of Mississippi and the Kemper County School District.

    P.A.C.E.S is a program of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority. “The Reality Store” is one of many events the organization coordinates throughout the year to assist Kemper students with academic advancement and college preparedness.