Students were assigned a "family" for the poverty simulation.
Photo by Jenna Shackelford
Students figuring out where they are supposed to go.
Everyone is getting to know their "families."
These students are in the "homeless shelter."
Students listen to the instructions.
Each family had packets with money to spend, social security cards, information about their characters, etc.
The contents of the packet
These students were playing children or teens and had to go to "school"
More contents of the packet
Dean Currie stole money, IDs and other important items from students to show how anything can happen to you when you least expect it. Chief worked on returning stolen items.
If families went too long without budgeting for food, they would get a health and nutrition alert to let them know that they were malnourished.
Students lining up for grocery shopping.
If students didn't pay their bills or paid them to the wrong place, they were evicted.
After the simulation, the students had discussion questions.