Rotary needs volunteers for Reality Check simulation at Masuk

Ronald Bellenot Sr., left, an attorney and a rotarian, helps Masuk student Aidan Haughney find a good deal on a phone, TV, internet and wifi for his home during the Reality Check financial simulation two years ago.

MONROE, CT — Masuk High School students in teacher Jonelle DiSette’s personal finance class will get a Reality Check on Tuesday, May 23, when they go out into the “real world”, starting their life of financial independence in the town of “Rotaryville.”

In Reality Check, a financial simulation organized by the Monroe Rotary Club, students will receive a starting salary based on their occupation and try to stretch their monthly paychecks, while still having money left over at the end of the month.

Volunteers at booths around the Masuk gymnasium will offer students different options for housing, vehicles, groceries, utilities, phone, entertainment and internet service. They will also have to pay for a medical plan, gas, insurance and taxes.

Of course no matter how well you plan, life can hit you with some surprises. The exercise includes a spin of the Wheel of Fortune, which could result in extra money that was unexpected or an unforeseen cost.

The Rotary Club still needs volunteers to help students at the booths. The event will take place from 8 or 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 23.

Those interested in volunteering should call Dennis Condon at 203-520-1812 or email him at [email protected].

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