On February 15, 2019, 550 seventh graders from Ridgeview Middle School participated in the A+ Federal Credit Union simulation called “Mad City Money”. One hundred volunteers helped run the event in the gyms at Ridgeview. Volunteers included parents, business partners, Cedar Ridge High School students, and RRISD staff members: we thank them all for their time and enthusiasm! The A+ Federal Credit Union also brought a large number of their team members to help run the event, and we can’t thank them enough for their time and expertise!
Before the students arrived in the gym, the simulation assigned them a career, monthly pay, overall debt, spouse and at least one child. They then went to the gym and had to play the budget simulation to accommodate their “life”. Students had to secure housing, transportation, food, entertainment, savings, daycare, debt payment and more. There was also a “Fickle Finger of Fate” table where students were taught that unexpected things happen: sometimes you get extra money (perhaps a check for your birthday) and sometimes you have an unexpected bill (perhaps a flat tire).
Students had three hours to go through the simulation, balance their ledger, go to the Credit Union for counseling, make returns, etc. Students and volunteers had a great day of learning and fun!