Some Campbell County kids are getting a dose of reality.
Students in the academic academy at Rustburg Middle School spent Thursday afternoon living like adults.
They had to pick a career and decide whether to get married and have children. Then they got a paycheck, which they used to buy groceries and pay bills.
The simulation is called "Reality Check." It's a program sponsored by Goodwill Industries of the Valleys hat helps kids understand what life is like for their parents.
"I think it's a good exercise for them to know what their parents pay, what they go through, what they do for them, and to know that one of these days they're going to be in those shoes," said Wanda Anthony, Youth Team Leader for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
Students who were able to "pay" their monthly bills and come out with money left over received a prize.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys offers the program at schools throughout the area. The academic academy is a grant-funded program through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.