West Salem students test their financial literacy with mock careers

West Salem High School students tested their real-life skills Wednesday, especially when it came to their ability to make good financial decisions.

The school’s Financial Literacy event gives each student a checkbook and a career and had to make it through their mock expenses. Each station represented different parts of an adult’s life that would require money like taxes, child care, housing and emergencies.

“Lots of times people don’t always know how much they’re going to be making and the kind of opportunities they have as far as jobs and a lot of things people don’t always recognize that their parents usually pay for, they already have it covered, and these are things that they’re going to need to pick up when they’re living their future,” said West Salem Sophomore Julia Krien.

The goal was to have at least $100 left by the end of the mock month.

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