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      Students learn life isn't a game

      Gayle and Glen were homeless for two weeks. They just got a house, and now their lights are being shut off.

      Those are just a couple of the real life situations Superior Central High School seniors learned Tuesday.

      "I think it's a good lesson to teach you how not to be because in the simulation, I'm a 19-year-old dropout mother with a child, and it's really hard to try to find work when having a child and paying all of our bills," said Lindsey Richmond, Superior Central senior.

      "It is helpful to learn how to live under financial pressure so it definitely teaches you about living on the edge," said Mitch Anderson, Superior Central senior.

      Over 50 students sat in their assigned seats and were given a packet with a profile on the life they had to live.

      The program, called the Community Action Poverty Simulation, taught students sometimes life can be tough and sometimes making one bad decision has its consequences.

      One of the challenges the students had to face was finding a job and taking care of their children. After the Yarrow family chose to leave their young children at home, they had to meet with Child Protective Services.

      Katie Timonen went through the simulation last year. Now a freshman at Northern Michigan University, Katie said what she remembered most was the importance of money management.

      "It really hit home only because at first being a teenager...oh I have money, I'm going to go spend it, and then looking in the real world, you have to think about your future and what you did with it after," said Timonen.

      Even though this simulation was not real, the U.S. Census found the official poverty line was an annual income of $23,000 for a family of four.

      Just over 46 million Americans live below the poverty line, and for Superior Central students, the goal is to give them a glimpse of what life could be like.