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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 29, 2017

Poverty Simulation set to create awareness

Mar 28, 2017

A Poverty Simulation is planned from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The purpose of the simulation is to create an atmosphere in which participants will come to a deeper awareness of the many facets of the life of a low-income person.

According to the book “Teaching with Poverty in Mind” by Eric Jensen, “The word poverty evokes strong emotions and many questions.”

Hidden within people’s reactions to the word poverty are prejudices, biases, and assumptions, and it is people’s reaction to the word that shapes what role, if any, they play within the reality of poverty.

The feelings which are sparked by the word need to be substantiated by an exposure to reality. Otherwise actions stay rooted in assumptions, and oftentimes assumptions don’t lead to productive solutions, even when acted upon with the best of intentions.

To explore the conversation further, and put your own assumptions to the test, attend the Poverty Simulation.

For information, contact the coordinator, Susie Drish at 919-3741.

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