On a cool, foggy July morning, more than 300 children bustle past a row of blooming sunflowers and into Hall Fletcher Elementary as teachers hand out new pencils, the principal greets them by name, and the UNC Asheville mascot poses with them for photos. But it’s only midsummer: Why are these students filing through the doors about a month before their peers at other city schools?
The fifth annual reality store at Asheville Middle School – sort of a life-sized Game of Life – opened some pre-teen eyes to the complexities of adult life.
(photo: Jesse Pitt, 6th grade counselor at AMS with graph on income and average salaries in the U.S.)
(photo by Bill Rhodes)