Dothan students learn hard lessons with money

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – It was a wake-up call for some students at Dothan High School, money doesn't grow on trees.

"It's been a good look at how life is going to be when we graduate," says Charles Corbitt a ninth grader.

9th graders at DHS were participating in the Reality Check program.  It's designed to teach them how to make good financial decisions later in life.

"We are letting the kids come in and see what it's like in the real world, the kids selected a career then they're given a salary based on that career," says Terry Scott, a teacher coordinating the program.

With their money in hand students chose whether to buy a house or rent, whether to choose a new car or used, and of course they had to pay taxes.

"You have to choose carefully in financial situations and put the important things first before you go out buying other stuff," says De'Erica Smith, a freshman at DHS.

"Once you get out on your own and have your own job, I'm going to have so much money to go shopping take people out to the movies or get a new car," added Charles Corbitt, another freshman. "But when it's put into perspective a lot of this goes to bills, houses and cars and stuff like that."

This is the first year for the Reality Check program in Dothan.  It's sponsored by the city school system and the extension service.

Teachers say they hope to bring back again next year.

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