Reality Store gives seventh graders a taste of adult life
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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(Above) A seventh grader attends one of the many booths at the Reality Store, held Thursday morning at the Trigg County Middle School Gymnasium. (Below) Trigg County 4-H Extension Agent Janeen Tramble (right) prepares seventh graders for the event.<p>
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(Above) A seventh grader attends one of the many booths at the Reality Store, held Thursday morning at the Trigg County Middle School Gymnasium. (Below) Trigg County 4-H Extension Agent Janeen Tramble (right) prepares seventh graders for the event.

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There have been a few changes this year to Trigg County Middle School’s “Reality Store,” which gave 155 seventh graders this year a small dose of adult life, but the main goal remains the same.

The Reality Store, in its 13th year, is a program put on by 4-H that helps students see how much money they make every month and what thy need to spend it on, said Trigg County 4-H Extension Agent Janeen Tramble.

Seventh graders can have anywhere from no kids at all to five kids, they get their careers, and then they go to “Uncle Sam” and have money taken out of their accounts. Then they go around the gym to multiple booths and make various purchases, she went on to say, Tramble said.

Those booths involve groceries, entertainment, transportation, child care and “S.O.S.” – or supplemental income. There’s also a chance booth, which like its name suggests, involves chance happenings such as fender benders but also some positive chance happenings like finding a $50 in your coat pocket. But Tramble said there are some changes this year.

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