Chesterton, IN – 8th Grade Reality Check is set for May 10, 2024, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Chesterton Middle School, located at 651 W Morgan Ave. For more than 20 years, this event has been preparing 8th grade students from the Duneland area on how to be successful in life after graduation.

Students are given a predetermined salary that they would earn in their chosen profession at age 28.  During 8th Grade Reality Check, they visit tables where they pay such expenses as taxes, housing, childcare, etc. Some do end up in bankruptcy, while others may have a little money left over at the end. The ones that have remaining funds can “spend” their money on imaginary rewards such as investments, trips, concerts, motorcycles and so on.

The Reality Check is organized by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce and the Duneland School Corporation. The event takes over 120 volunteers each year. Volunteers are welcome to take part in the 8th Grade Reality Check for either a half day or whole day on May 10, 2024.  Morning sessions are from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and afternoon sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Lunch is provided for all-day volunteers. Volunteers should contact Rachel Campbell at the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 926-5513 or by e-mail at