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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


April 22, 2015

Hartsville students experience (simulated) poverty, and don't like it a bit


About 200 students at Hartsville High School got a taste of living in poverty on April 21, and they didn't much like it.

Derrick Dease, executive director of Man 2 Man, and 14 other volunteers -- including Hartsville HS faculty, a police officer, and staff from First Steps -- led the students through the Poverty Simulation.

The simulation is a part of our partnership with Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Children's Trust to help discourage fathering a child before one is ready, and delaying pregnancy.

The students encountered various real-life economic scenarios that showed the kinds of challenges that face the poor -- buying food, paying bills, earning a wage, and making it stretch to take care of a family. They got an up-close-and-personal view of what it is like to live in poverty.

Afterwards, the kids stated that they are more motivated than ever to stay out of poverty. Which, of course, means staying in school.

Which means the exercise was a success.

The assistant principal was so impressed that he is asking when we can have the next one.