Sonoma students take ‘bite of reality’

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Sonoma Valley High School’s sophomore class joined 2,700 other North Bay students in learning “adulting” on Oct. 14 in Redwood Credit Union’s interactive “Bite of Reality” financial program.

The financial institution sent all 700 of its employees out to teach practical financial skills at 15 schools in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Students learned how to budget for and manage the costs of securing necessities like housing, food, transportation, childcare and paying other bills — a litany of responsibilities colloquially referred to as “adulting.”

Students received fictional occupations, salaries, spouses and families, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments. They then visited various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care and other essentials. The game also included a credit union station to help with their financial needs if they overspend.

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