Students learn about the cost of living
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:38 pm
GRADE 9 STUDENTS FROM GEORGE MCDOUGALL HIGH SCHOOL LEARNED JUST HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS TO LIVE ON A BUDGET ON MAY 7, WHEN THEY TOOK PART IN A JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT’S ECONOMICS FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM AT OLDS COLLEGE.
“We thought it was a good opportunity to give students a foundation on the cost of living,” said George McDougall Assistant Principal Laurie Johnston-Drebert.
As part of the program, students were asked to create a budget on the cost of living and then had to match up the budget with the fictional job and income they were assigned. Through the exercise the students had the opportunity to see what they would have to give up or adjust in order to survive.
George McDougall student Alex Avery said if he were to move out and live on his own today, his spending would be, “way different.”
“It was a good program,” Avery said. “It helped us organize our life’s, plan for the future and point us in the right direction.”
“Our goal is to have them looking forward,” Johnston-Drebert said.
Cheryl Low, the Airdrie coordinator for Junior Achievement Events for Youth, said the program is closely aligned with the direction of Alberta Education, which is about creating an engaged learner.
The program was delivered to students with the support of 14 volunteers from the business community and included people from FortisAlberta, TransCanada Pipelines, Nova Chem and Olds College.
Volunteers shared their knowledge of finances and their professional attitude with the students.
“(The program) creates the entrepreneurial spirit, which is really big for business now,” Low said.
She added the schools already teach parts of what is covered in the program but said Economics for Success, “is a way to enhance and encourage another way to learn.”
“Most of the kids were quite aghast at the cost to live,” Johnston-Drebert said.
Part of the program allowed students the opportunity to explore the Olds campus as they participated in a scavenger hunt.
“Olds campus was really nice,” Avery said.
Johnston-Drebert said the program was offered at George McDougall last year but they wanted to bring the students to Olds to expose them to a post-secondary school environment.
She added the school will participate in the program again and Avery said he recommends the program to other students.