The Game of Life: FDSH freshmen learn lessons that will pay off when they become adults

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Freshmen at Fort Dodge Senior High got a reality check Wednesday as they navigated their way through various real-life scenarios.

About 270 students participated in The Game of Life Financial Literacy Fair held at FDSH.

Students began the game by selecting a career of their choice. Each career had a salary associated with it, which was the median salary in Iowa for that particular job.

Once the students had their careers picked out, they checked in at 12 different stations to determine how much money they would need to spend at each.

Housing, utilities, insurance, food and cell phone were among the stations students visited.

Nathan Svare, Gear Up Iowa facilitator, said the game is a fun way to prepare students for real life.

“Our goal is to increase high school graduation rates, increase the number of students that go on to post-secondary education and helping students finance and prepare for college,” he said.

Staff members from the high school and Iowa Central Community College supervised each station.

Those stations are designed to tempt students, according to Sam Pingel, Work Based learning coordinator at ICCC.

“They face minor hiccups and temptations along they way,” Pingel said.

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