The event is designed to give eighth-graders a “dose of reality” about living in the real world, said Cedartown Middle School coordinator April Welch.
Volunteers from area businesses will be taking part in the event, helping to man booths and hand out information.
During the event, students go to one booth and find out what their career is going to be.
For example, students may choose to go straight to work after high school, or go to college and get a degree.
There are ramifications for the students’ decisions. Choice of career determines income. Using vouchers, students can go to other booths and “buy their first car” or a house. They may rent, purchase groceries and otherwise get an idea of how much things will cost when they are out of school and working as adults out on their own, organizers said.
CMS students will go through the Reality Fair first, from 8:30 a.m. until around 11:30 a.m.
Rockmart Middle School students will go through the fair from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., Welch said.