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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Reality 00tore Eighth graders learn about making financial choices By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Last week, Maria Canada learned some adult lessons about budgeting, taxes, term life insurance and making fi- nancial choices -- thanks to a visit to the Reality Store. Maria, an eighth grader at Westside Catholic Consoli- dated School, Evansville, was one of 400 eighth graders who traveled to the Catholic Center last week to visit the Reality Store. The booths were staffed by students from Rivet, Wash- ington Catholic and Memorial high schools Maria began her visit to the Reality Store with these facts: she was a 28-year-old high school teacher and the mother of an eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. Her an- nual income was $26,000. Her first stop was at the Uncle Sam booth, where taxes were removed, leaving her with $1,714 for monthly ex- penses. As students began complaining about their heavy tax load, WCCS teacher Sharon Ripplemeier reminded them that "you have to work until lunchtime everyday to pay your taxes." Raintree National Bank was Maria's second stop. There, she opened a. checking account, and was encouraged to think about starting a savings ac- count and a Christmas Club account. A college loan pay- ment was deducted. She headed over to the Stew- ard's Stop where one percent of her monthly income was de- ducted for charitable contribu- tions. At Happy Hollow Realty, she was able to decide between apartment living and purchas- ing a home. Options ranged from a large five-bedroom brick home to a small, frame three- bedroom home with a $200 monthly mortgage which she chose. At the Let Us Entertain You booth, she was shown a variety of entertainment packages. The most expensive one was $83.45, but Maria chose to rent a movie and order pizza for $14. The biggest line in the room was at Honest John's Cars. "Sheeesh! I'm too young for this," she complained as she waited. She had second thoughts about spending money for a car, but Donna Halverson, Re- ality Store coordinator and as- sociate director of schools, as- sured her that she would need transportation to get to work. After being informed about car payments, gas mileage, in- surance payments and license, she opted for a used two-door hatchback with 70,604 miles on it. "You're doing good so far," she was assured by Debbie Hayden, volunteer. "I'll just go around in one pair of clothes," Maria said, noting she was down to $995. She purchased car insurance next, and then headed to the life insurance booth, where she was asked to choose between whole life and term. "Are you confused?" asked Anne Grundman, a Rivet High School freshman, who was staffing the booth. "Yes," Maria answered. "At least I'm not the only one," replied Anne. Maria chose whole life, be- cause "I can put more money aside for what I would need." At the communications booth, she signed up for tele- phone services, regular cable and unlimited Internet access. Then she headed to the auto li- cense bureau and Raintree Gas and Electric. At the Green Grocer booth Laura Meng, a senior a Memo- rial, told Maria that she must decided between "low, medium and high bUdget"-items for food and cleaning ite doing really noted, adding, are al point." After clothing left. "I $300 a month doing p However, Medical and booth took' time VacationS, she any curt or ing instead for to an She fini $82.20, would keep gencies. Maria sa ence with taught h don't can still ma choices. Golden Jubilarians Leo and Alvina (Schnell) Knust will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:30 a.m. May 5 at Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville. Dinner will be served for invited guests at the St. Anthony Com- munity Center. Relatives and friends are invited to an Open House at the center from 2 to 4 p.m. The couple re- quests no gifts. They were marriedlay 7, 1946, at Sacred Heart Church by Father Sylvester Ziemer. They are the parents of seven children: Mary Winters, Edward Knust, John Knust and Annette Schuetter, all of Schnellville, Susie Larson of Crawfordsville, Martha McCaffry of New- burgh and Rosie Endres of Indianapolis. They have 14 grandchildren; one grandaughter is deceased. Mr. Knust is retired from Jasper Cabinent Co., and farming. Mrs. Knust retired from Pine Ridge Cafeteria. Main Street Pharmacy, 217 E. Main St.. Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH'MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 "Over 50 Semi Loads in Stock" 36" coy. #1 white from $41.95 sq.& up (13 colors slightly higher) #2 metal ....... $26.95 to $37.95 sq. #3 metal ....... $18.95 to $29.95 sq. 5V and 1-1/2"galv. 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