MARATHON CITY (WAOW) -- High school students got a taste of real life at the Cent$ of Reality program.
Students from Edgar and Marathon High Schools learned to manage their money and balance costs, like house payments and child care, with money they earned from their pretend jobs.
"It makes me think that before anything else, I need to concern myself with building up my resume and my grades and everything to get a good job after high school and college," said Edgar High School Junior Victoria Hall.
Some students racked up two or three jobs to cover the rising costs of living.
"I am a single parent," said Marathon High School Senior Brad Stieber. "I have one kid who's five years old. I have one pet. And I pay $155 a month for child care."
More than 50 community and business leaders chipped in to make the atmosphere a little more real. Students said it was a good learning experience and that the hardest part, even in this scenario, was filing their tax return.