ALPENA, Mich.,—Poverty is a realty many families and individuals face everyday. Just alone in Alpena, 21% of families are in poverty, according to the U.S. census bureau. By creating a simulation, students at Alpena High School educated themselves on the reality.
Officials from health agencies, the police department, department of health and human services and more came out to assist students on poverty awareness. The idea of the simulation is to increase their understanding and transform their perceptions of those living in poverty.
Students role–played as impoverished adults and the challenges they may face.
Associate professor, Katie Reck from Central Michigan University says, “poverty does not discriminate against anyone and children are Michigan’s largest impoverished population.”
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