Leesburg, VA (Mar. 4, 2016) – “This is tough,” 17-year-old Bryson Dolly sighed.
He and dozens of other students at Douglass School in Leesburg took part in a Reality Store event Friday. The program was developed to give Loudoun’s high school students a glimpse at life after school.
Each student was asked to imagine they were 25 years old and living on their own. They were assigned a career, salary and a family situation, which meant children for some.
In their scenario, Bryson and classmate Tavious Lane each had a child. They decided to room together to help afford their $900 monthly rent payment. Bryson made $29,000 a year as a photographer, while Tavious made a similar salary as a loan officer and crossing guard. When this reporter caught up with him, Tavious was in the process of securing a second job to help pay the bills.
Danielle Nadler/Loudoun Now