CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign schools' Social Justice Committee and the United Way of Champaign County are hosting a poverty simulation Thursday evening.
It's scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C, and members of the public are invited.
The simulation is designed to help participants understand what it might be like to be part of a low-income family trying to survive.
Participants will pretend to live within similar constraints as those experienced by the 56 percent of Champaign students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, said a news release from the school district.
"We believe this experience will help Unit 4 educators to better meet the needs of our students and families by sensitizing them to issues and challenges faced by many of those we serve," said Laura Taylor, the district's assistant superintendent for achievement and student services. "Navigating social service systems and obtaining access to services can be a complex and overwhelming process, and it is important for us to recognize how our practices work to help them through these endeavors."