The 12th Annual “Get Real” event is here!

Call for volunteers to help area high school students “GET REAL!”

On March 22nd at the Richland Center High School, around 250 high school students from Eagle, Ithaca, Richland Center, Riverdale, River Valley, and Weston will participate in the 12th annual “Get Real!” event. This interactive financial reality simulation helps students learn about money management and get a feel for life on their own.  At the event, students are given a simulated paycheck with a monthly wage and are randomly assigned marital status, parenthood, credit card debt, and credit score. After going to “Uncle Sam,” who deducts taxes from their gross income, students must complete a number of financial transactions to make it through a typical month. They purchase housing, utilities, insurance, groceries, cars, childcare, gasoline, and more from booths staffed by volunteers. As one student shared, “It was a wake-up call. Life’s expensive.”

It takes a dedicated planning committee and over 120 enthusiastic community and local business volunteers to create this opportunity.  If you’d like to take part in this fun and fast paced day, consider volunteering at Get Real! this year.

When: March 22, 2017
Time: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Richland Center High school Gymnasium
Drinks, Snacks, Lunch are provided.

For more information, or to register as a volunteer, contact the Richland County UW-Extension office at 608-647-6148 or email Your support helps make this a successful learning experience for all our students!