Real Life Academy teaches students about real life costs

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- More than 300 students from around the area put their financial skills to the test Wednesday.

Students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis High Schools gathered at The Plaza Hotel & Suites for the "Real Life" Academy.

The event, through the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and the school district, is a hands-on experience to show students the best ways to manage their money.

"The event is designed to teach them budgeting and fiscal responsibility and to learn that skill...even balancing the understanding automatic debit or withdrawal and you'd be surprised at how kids come in and still don't know that basic skill," said Committee Chair, Phillip Swiler.

The students must visit about 30 stations ranging from housing, transportation, groceries, gas, insurance and more.

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