The WDHS Reality Fair offers the junior class an opportunity to enter and play a life-size version of the game of Life. Juniors are assigned a career and paycheck based on job applications, interests, work experience, and education. Students are also randomly assigned marital status, children, and/or pets.
Juniors are required to open a checking account with a local bank, pay taxes, and live one month in the life of a financially independent citizen. Some of the decisions students will make include finding housing and vehicles that fit within their budget; paying bills necessary for survival like groceries, utilities, and childcare; as well as purchases that make their lives more enjoyable, such as travel, electronics, and leisure activities.
Students must write checks and keep an accurate checkbook register in order to be successful in this event. They must also interact with local professionals to discuss options and make informed financial decisions.