Video: West Point Students Get Real Life Lessons on Managing Finances
WEST POINT, Miss. (WCBI) – Students in West Point got a lesson today on what it’s like to foot the bill for their own living expenses.
Ninth grade students at West Point High School received a salary based on their GPA. Those with an A average will receive the average salary of someone with a bachelor’s degree. Those with failing grades received the average salary of a high school dropout. They paid all monthly bills and purchased items needed for everyday living. They were also required to balance a fictitious checking account.
“They were trying to teach us how to deduct our money and how much we’ll have to save,” says Ninth grader Zavier Minor.
Ninth grader Jada Webb says she now has a plan for her future.
“You graduate high school, you go to college, you get your degree, you go get a job and you make money. That way you’ll have money to buy you a house and stuff like that,” says Webb.
Students at West Point High have participated in the Reality Day Fair for nearly 20 years.