GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina received a “B” grade for preparing students to be financially literate from Champlain College’s Center for Financal Literacy.
In Pitt County, financial lessons are taught early in middle schools with a “reality fair” for eight graders
Students will be assigned a job with a salary and must then figure out how to budget for expenses like childcare, rent and utilities.
“When I was in middle school, I don’t think anything like this existed where we were able to see first-hand of how money needs to be stretched to meet monthly allocations with rent and bills and daycare,” E.B. Aycock Middle School Counselor Kareem Atkinson said.
E.B. Aycock Middle School math teacher John Taylor added students often compare their jobs with the money they “earn.”
“It really hits them about, ‘oh well this one makes this much because they don’t have this education,'” Taylor said. “The link between education and occupation really sinks in.”
The “reality fair” for Aycock Middle School is November 17.