RHS hosts first ever Adulting Fair for freshman

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(Riverton, WY) – While some may be unfamiliar with the term ‘adulting,’ Riverton High School freshman learned what it meant today, and definitely gained some real-life skills they will need in the not too distant future.

Adulting, ‘the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks,’ may seem silly to some, but a growing concern among younger generations is a lack of real-life skills being taught in schools.

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RHS teachers agreed, and the Adulting Fair was born.

“The Adulting Fair is in response to student feedback,” stated event organizer Natalie Krusmeier stated. “Many students claim that we don’t teach them enough real life skills in school, so ‘Adulting Day’ is something we came up with to address that sentiment, and to also reward them for completing state WY-TOPP testing and just being overall awesome all year.”

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The airhorn sounded, letting students know it was time to move to the next station. County 10 photo.

The event saw local businesses, teachers, and even some students teaching skills ranging from basic budgeting, filing taxes, vehicle maintenance, and even folding fitted sheets.

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Students learn how to fold fitted sheets. County 10 photo.
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Ed Newbold from U.S. Bank teaching student’s budgeting basics. County 10 photo.
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Wind River Realty had a booth to teach students “The Game of Life.” County 10 photo.
Mick Pryor of Edward Jones Financial offers finance advice. County 10 photo.
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Vice-chair of the FCSD #25 school board Lynnette Jeffres teaches students the rules of “Tax Bingo.” County 10 photo.

The freshman in attendence were extremely happy to have a day set aside for them to learn such important life skills, including student Jacoby Little.

“I’m really interested in the financial stuff, I want to know what to do with my money when I get older. I liked what the financial advisor had to say, and learning budgeting from Wind River Realty was great too.”

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Jacoby Little is all smiles after learning some basic budgeting skills. County 10 photo.

One of the most popular stations was the Price Is Right styled price guessing game put on by the Culinary 2 class. Students got to guess the prices of everyday products such as refrigerators, TV’s, and washing machines. The closest guess got a shot at the Plinko board for a chance at winning various prizes.

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If only ALL classes could be taught utilizing Plinko… County 10 photo.
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Students make their best guesses. County 10 photo.

Don’t worry gearheads, students also had the opportunity to learn the importance of basic vehicle maintenance.

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The Autobody station shows students the importance of vehicle upkeep.
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Maintenance checklist. County 10 photo.
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A captive audince learns how to change their oil. County 10 photo.

The first of it’s kind for RHS, the Adulting Fair is also somewhat of consolation event after the cancellation of the annual River Day event usually scheduled at the beginning of the year. That event, cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, had students travel to different learning stations to see how all of the subjects taught at school interrelate.

One thing students and teachers could all agree on, was how good it felt to get outside to participate in such a fun event.

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Students enjoy the sun and some downtime in between stations.
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Students take a break from folding sheets. Adulting is EXHAUSTING…!
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