Pat Starnes Snippets: Reality Fair Schools Students In Real Life

Reality Fair Schools Students In Real Life

Northwest Rankin Middle School students were schooled in the art of real life recently by participating in a Reality Fair. I was fortunate to play the role of "Realtor" in two sessions at the school.Student Reality Fair

Students selected their desired occupation, and based on that choice, they were paid a salary and instructed to find housing, connect utilities, pay their insurance, cell phone, etc. Their choices had to fit within their budget. In some cases, students had to negotiate ways to either increase their income or reduce expenses. 

The number one stop on their shopping list was to find a place to live. So one by one they visited the housing booth. Based on their income, wants and needs, they chose between a one bedroom apartment, sharing a two bedroom with a roommate, thereby cutting their expense, or even a three bedroom single family home.

It was fun to watch as they learned they couldn't always afford what they wanted, but most quickly adapted by asking a classmate to be their "roommate".

As I assisted these newly independent "students of life", I observed their career choices. There were professional athletes, a few computer programmers, doctors, an actress, and at least one enrolled in the military. 

One young man hadn't chosen a career path, so he decided to live at home with his parents.  Even choosing that option, he was obligated to pay a certain amount toward household expenses. He wasn't happy having to pay to stay. "But my parents said I could stay for free. I DISCUSSED it with them".

I explained for purposes of the "Reality Fair", he had to pay the monthly stipend to his parents. Whatever he worked out with them outside of class was up to them.

The experience was enjoyable and I will participate again. I hope the bright young minds got a glimpse into the future and will take the lesson to heart when making their career and housing choices.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • April 13 2018 02:50PM

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Hi Pat... how great was this! Love the concept and wish it were applied to all school districts. I bet it was quite the eye-opener for many.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 4 months ago

Hello pat,  Wat a interesting event for student and a great learning lesson for them.  More schools should do this.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

Sounds like a good idea to me, reality is going to hit young people at some point, they may as well be ready for it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 4 months ago

What a great way to be involved in the community  . Wonderful day a lesson learned by many  this post has been

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Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

Nina Hollander I think it's a great concept and all schools should offer a similar program. At that age I had no idea the cost involved in living separately from my parents.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 4 months ago

Will Hamm I believe the lesson was invaluable!

JL Boney, III you said it! And I loved the name of the event was Reality Fair.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 4 months ago

Hannah Williams First, thanks for featuring the post in Bananatude. 

The experience was fantastic! I loved being the "Realtor" to these 8th graders and sharing with them what it took to get a house or an apartment in today's society.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 4 months ago

What a neat idea for schools, Pat.  This concept goes far in enticing students to think more about their future.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Pat this is such a great event for kids to be involved in - and koudos to you for helping them out. Kids need more of this kind of learning... a LOT more.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat - I have no doubt some of these kids will go on to do exactly as they plan. Others may have to rethink their career path. It was VERY interesting.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker - I only attended the afternoon session, not the full day. But it was fun and interesting. I remember having to choose a career in school and having to write a book report about it; this was MUCH better!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 4 months ago

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS  The 8th graders are our clients of the future . Great job hope you do the same next year

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

Hannah Williams - You're right, but I never thought of that!! How bizarre if one of them comes up to me in a few years and says "you may not remember me, but you came to my school when I was in the eighth grade!" Ha!!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 4 months ago

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