Many thanks to those who made the 2023 Reality Fair at Marlborough High School a reality


Letter to the Editor logoOn behalf of the Rotary Club of Marlborough, I would like to thank some folks publicly who worked hard to make the 2023 Reality Fair on October 24 at Marlborough High School a success.

The Reality Fair is an interactive, financial literacy game for the junior class at Marlborough High School, designed to give teens a taste of reality before they experience income and expenses in the real post-graduation world.  Students at the Reality Fair choose a career; get a paycheck, and budget sheet.  Community volunteers, set up throughout the MHS Library conducting the business they regularly do – banking, insurance, apartment rentals, electric utility, auto maintenance, etc.  The students must go from vendor to vendor, seeing to their needs and their budgets.  They encounter temptations like a amusements, movies, and pet store, 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 twentieth year, several of the business volunteers are Rotarians and almost all are Chamber members: Marlborough High School, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Credit Union, National Grid,  Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester State University, Remax Executive-Marlborough, Al Brodeur’s Auto Center, Vin Bin, Automatic Specialties, BLD Consulting, Coldwell Banker, Heart Sounds US, Kits for Kids, Metro Community Development Corp., Photovoice Worldwide LLC, Smiling Mouse LLC,  Team Sharing, Inc., VinBin, the Apex Center, Rotary Club of Marlborough, Rotary Club of Framingham, Fairway Mortgage, and Marlborough High School.

The Rotary Club of Marlborough, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Marlborough High School were the coordinating sponsors of the Reality Fair.

A grant from the Financial Grants for Massachusetts High Schools, office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer provided most of the funds.


Marguerite Thorsen
Reality Fair Chair,
Rotary Club of Marlborough

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