Get Real Volunteers Being Sought

Approximately 250 high school students will converge at Richland Center High School next month for the annual Get Real event, hosted by Richland County UW-Extension. Students from Eagle, Ithaca, Richland Center, Riverdale, River Valley, and Weston will all participate in the 13th annual event. Get Real is an interactive reality simulation which helps students learn about money management and get a feel for life on their own.

The first things students do is visit “Uncle Sam” to find out how much of their paycheck will be withheld for taxes. They then go through the simulation with their net pay, purchasing housing, utilities, insurance, groceries, cars, childcare, gasoline, and more from staffed booths. Family Living Agent, Chelsea Wunnicke, says it takes a dedicated planning committee and lots of community and local business volunteers to create this opportunity for the students.

If you would like to consider being a volunteer at Get Real on March 21 at Richland Center High School letters have gone out to previous volunteers. For more information on the event visit the Richland County Extension website is richland.uwex.edu.