Letter to the editor: Thanks to those who made the 2016 ‘Reality Check’ a reality


To the Editor:

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Marlborough, I would like to thank some folks publicly who worked hard to make the “2016 Reality Check” on June 15 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School a success.

The Reality Check is an interactive, financial literacy game for the sophomore class at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, designed to give teens a taste of reality before they experience income and expenses.  Students at the Reality Check choose a career; get a paycheck, and budget sheet.  Community volunteers, set up throughout the gym conducting the business they regularly do – banking, insurance, apartment rentals, electric utility, supermarket, auto dealer, etc.  The students need to go from vendor to vendor, seeing to their needs and their budgets.  They encounter temptations like a travel agent, movies, and paint ball, as well as spin a wheel of fortune – or misfortune as the case may be.  Most students say that the Reality Check is a real learning experience for them.  It’s interactive, engaging, and fun.

Now in its sixth year, several of the business volunteers are Rotarians and almost all are Chamber members: Action Unlimited, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, EKG Networking, Electro-Mechanical Technology Co., Employment Options, Kathleen Enderlin, Global Access Partners, Attorney Richard Manelis, Mark’s Moving & Storage, Marlboro Nissan, Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Savings Bank, Marshall Insurance Agency, Matthew McCook – Attorney-at-Law, Mentor Graphics, Catherine Mogavero, National Grid, Old Navy, Marilyn Perry, Rick Platt, Quinsigamond Community College, Remax Executive-Marlborough, St. Mary’s Credit Union, The Guru Tax & Financial Services, Thorsen & Associates, Town of Ashland, Environmental Health Dept., Travel by Tatten, Austin Turner, and Carol Turner.

The Rotary Club of Marlborough, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the State Scholars Program, and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School were the coordinating sponsors of the Reality Check.

Marguerite Thorsen
Reality Check Chair,
Rotary Club of Marlborough

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