Ortega Middle School hosted the 18th Annual Reality Store on Monday welcoming eighth graders from schools throughout the Valley. Students were served a dose of reality as they went from booth to booth, setting up a checking/savings account, paying taxes, buying a home, purchasing insurance, as well as clothes, furniture and more. Above, Dustin Curto and Kane Absmeier check out clothing from the local "store" to determine if brand name clothes for their children are in their budget.
Local State Farm Insurance agent Jay Meyer explains insurance pricing to OMS student Ryker Alonzo.
Desiray Tolsma calculates her spendings to determine how much money in her monthly income remains before moving onto the next booth.
The SOS booth seemed to be a popular place as students realized they needed help getting out of financial straits. There they were offered advice on where they could save money, such as renting versus owning a home, referrals to the workforce center to pick up a second job and more.