Hudson -- The Parent Teacher Association is looking for volunteers for an upcoming seventh-grade health class program at Hudson Middle School.

The PTA needs four or five extra folks to help with the Reality Store, which was postponed from Oct. 23 to a later date which will be announced soon.

Its a budgeting workshop for them, said Judy Hamilton, PTA treasurer.

The students pick the career they want to have in their late 20s and are given a yearly salary.

From the salary the students must budget for a place to live, furnishings and day-to-day expenses.

Its amazing how fast the money goes, Hamilton said.

An added attraction is the wheel of unexpected expenses. The students pick a color from the wheel. Along with the color comes an unexpected monetary loss or gain.

They could win the lottery or need four new tires, according to Hamilton.

The goal of the program is to give students a glimpse into their future and become aware of basic skills which will be needed in financial planning, goal setting and career planning, according to the PTA.

Hudson Middle School Principal Kim Cockley called Reality Store, which is making its second appearance after the initial pilot program in 2013, a meaningful program.

The students engaged with community members to learn lifelong financial decision-making skills, Cockley said. Through the simulation activity, students came to understand real-life concepts such as income, expenses, wants versus needs, childcare costs, and benefits of higher education.

Cockley said she remembered several a-ha moments among the students last year.

One student, for example, shared that he finally understood what his parents were going through when they had to make tough decisions about money, Cockley said. We are so thankful to PTA and the community volunteers for creating this meaningful learning experience for our students.

For more information or to volunteer call Hamilton at 330-622-0824 or visit

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