Kate Seyfried and Ellie Knudsvig

Central Valley sophomore Kate Seyfried, center, and senior Ellie Knudsvig, right, try to factor cell phone plans into their monthly budget Wednesday afternoon during the school’s Reality Check project.

Central Valley senior Aaron Johnson didn’t know he would be married and have a set of twins Wednesday after lunch.

While he found out that child care would cost him more than $1,400 a month, Johnson wasn’t complaining when he found out he makes more than $150,000 a year as an optometrist.

Standing in line to buy a house during the school’s “Reality Check” lesson inside Central Valley School’s north gymnasium, the senior embraced his new windfall when asked which house he’d like.

“The best,” he said with a smile.

Wednesday’s project was a school and volunteer collaboration that assigned fictional lives to all students in grades 7-12.

Each pupil received a job with set monthly income. Some had spouses. Some had kids. 

Some had neither. 

Each student had to try to balance his or her budget while paying for necessities like transportation, housing, child care, utilities, food, insurance and clothing. 

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