Reality U at Highland Park High School

Some Highland Park High School students were introduced to the “real world” by taking part in Reality U yesterday. The program, sponsored by Communities in Schools, introduces students to the financial reality of being an adult. Students fill out a form indicating the profession they would like after high school. They then are told a yearly salary for the job. Students visit various tables to find out what it costs for housing, child care, food, utilities, transportation etc. Many discover that the salary doesn’t go far once you begin paying the monthly bills. Reality U. is a program that has been used at several schools in the district.