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Poverty Simulation

January 26, 2015

27,363 people in Sangamon County live in poverty.
21% of those people are children.

Do you have what it takes to survive a "month" in poverty?

On Friday, January 16, 2015, Sangamon County Community Resources and Springfield Public Schools held a Poverty Simulation, an interactive experience to help the participants understand poverty.

These photos are from the simulation, participants played the role of the lives of low-income families. The task of each family was to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources.

district poverty simulation activities