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Poverty Simulation

Teachers experience trials of low-income families

Special education teacher Brenda Unrein from Jefferson Elementary, left, and school nurse Cindy Prescott work on their budget during a Poverty Simulation, Monday at Great Bend High School. Teachers role-played low-income family workers to gain insight into the challenges some at-risk students fac...

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Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at “Reality U.” On Monday, it was the teachers’ turn to experience the world of at-risk students during the “Poverty Simulation” presented by Southwest Plains Regional Education Center.

The Great Bend High School gym was renamed “Realville,” and educators were assigned roles as students or older members of low-income families in the community. Others were assigned roles such as bankers, police officers and school teachers.
Each family was challenged to find the assistance, transportation and cash ...

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