Sparta students take part in Reality Store

Volunteers from local businesses staffed the booths.

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – Students in Monroe County learning life isn’t always easy or cheap.

About 200 high school juniors took part Thursday in Sparta High School’s Reality Store.

Students pick a job and are randomly assigned things like a partner, house or kids.

“We really want them to have those life skills before they go out into the real world and all of the sudden find out how much child care is when they’re 25 years old and have their first child,” said Sparta High School social studies teacher Cheyenne Meyer.

The store is part of an on-going educational effort.

Students says they get it.

“I’ve learned about to write checks pretty well, which is nice because I’ve had to use it recently. I’m learning how to manage my money a lot better which helps right now even,” said Sparta High School junior Charlies Anderson.

Volunteers from local businesses staffed the booths.