Poverty simulations highlight struggles of low income families

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Boone-Winnebago Regional Office of Education hosts a simulation to teach educators the hardships low income families face day to day.

This tool was created for people to role play the lives of low income families. During the simulation, some people act as seniors on social security, some are disabled, and other are unemployed. The educators are tasked with providing basic needs to these people using a limited budget. Organizers say although the simulation uses made up scenarios, they want people to know this is not a game for many in our community.

Chris Collins from the Regional Office of Education speaks on what their goal is, "What we're trying to do is, by developing that empathy, how can we serve communities better. No matter what they are because no matter if you're rich, no matter if you're middle class, no matter if you're poor, life is different for every group of people."