Role-playing exercise teaches middle-school students about poverty

Sixty middle-school students from Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos, Calif., spent part of a recent afternoon figuring out how to make ends meet in a month in the life of a family living in poverty. Broken into groups of three to five, students were given a scenario, such as being a single parent and a high-school dropout, and had to make decisions, such as whether to pay a utility bill or buy clothes for a child. "I realized how important it is to be thankful for what you do have," sixth-grader Shira Fishbin said.

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