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May 1, 1998

Simulation looks at the realities of poverty

One in seven Americans and one in five American children below the age of 6 live in poverty.

ISU Extension-Story County, cooperating with other organizations and churches, is sponsoring a welfare simulation to illustrate what it's like in a typical low- income family and to increase the understanding of the realities of poverty.

Simulations will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada, and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 14, at Collegiate Methodist Church, Ames.

"This is a simulation, not a game," said Carolyn Manning, Story County Extension education director. "It gives participants a chance to feel what it's like to provide necessities for a family on a low income."

Manning said volunteer staffers make the program real. "They have 'been there' and serve as knowledgeable educators," she said.

Pre-registration is required by May 7. Register by sending name, address, phone number and the $5 registration fee to ISU Extension-Story County, 220 H Ave., Box 118, Nevada, 50201. The registration covers program materials and a light meal. For more information, call (515) 382-6551.

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