Chambers Co. school learns about living in poverty through simulation

Chambers Co. school learns about living in poverty through simulation

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - One local school system, along with a statewide nonprofit, are working to help the community better understand what it means to live in poverty.

Alabama Possible and Chambers County Schools hosted a poverty simulation at Bob Harding-Shawmut Elementary School on Thursday, where participants took on the roles of families facing a variety of circumstances.

During the simulation, participants roleplayed the lives of those who may have fallen on hard times and must work together to provide basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget through interaction with various entities.

"I just think that it's always a good idea to be able to get as many different perspectives as possible- to be able to understand all of not just our children we deal with on a daily basis but the parents and the people in the community," said Kellie Hodge with Chambers County School System. "Just helps with us to be able to understand the population that we're serving."

Roles simulated by participants included TANF recipients, and senior citizens on social security.

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