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Hannibal Junior Achievement students travel to St. Louis


Some Hannibal Middle School students got an early taste of life as a grown up, with a trip to St. Louis!

Kids in the Junior Achievement program traveled to "Finance Park" to live out real life scenarios.

Each student was assigned a fictional family, job, monthly income, stocks and credit score.

From there, they had to decide how to make ends meet with monthly bills and other expenses.

Teachers say it's a great learning experience, but it can be frustrating at first.

"Because they're used to mom and dad taking care of everything. They're not used to having to look at what bills that need to be paid, the don't have to look at what they're going to save. They don't have to pick between a minivan and a sports car. All that's already done for them. It's a very eye opening experience for them, and they come away with a little bit of reality," said 8th Grade English Teacher Debbie Williams.

To make Wednesday's trip possible, Junior Achievement waived the entry fees and Hannibal teachers raised the money themselves for the field trip.

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