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Region 8 students learning how to manage money

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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - We all know money doesn't grow on trees. That's why it's vital to be able to manage what money you do have. Friday kids at one Region Eight school got a life-lesson in the A-B-C's of finance.

Friday, seniors at Pocahontas High School got a taste of the real world through "Ready, Set, Graduate", a program that helps prepare students for financial success. Teens learned how to write checks, balance a checkbook and plan a budget

Later in the day, students took part in what the program called a mall live. Everyone had to choose a career, then visit booths to figure out how to organize their finances within their career path. Included in their bills: insurance, house and car loans, and other everyday needs.

Misty Gilbee with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says the goal is to give students a realistic, hands-on view of what it means to be independent.

"They're graduating high school, and fixing to start college. They need ideas about their career path, and how are they actually going to make it whenever they're not living with their parents anymore," says Gilbee.

"You go out into the real world and you find out about groceries, your insurance, your car bills, house payments. It breaks it down in steps for you to make it a little easier," says senior Ashlyn Lee.

Senior Trevor Poe says the program helped put things in perspective. "Some of the expenses we talked about when we were in class was some of the stuff that I didn't think about. I didn't think it was going to be this hard," says Poe. But now, he's ready to tackle the financial road ahead. "We talked about some credit scores and some expenses that we are going to have to do after we get out of high school. It was really helpful and I'm going to be more prepared when I come out of high school now," says Poe.

Several other counties have participated in the program in the past. But Friday's event was the first time "Ready, Set, Graduate" came to Randolph County.

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