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Poverty Simulation To Be Held At Collin College

February 22, 2011 – According to Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count 2009, the national average for childhood poverty is 20 percent. In Texas, there is 24 percent childhood poverty, and in Congressional District 3, which comprises much of Collin County and includes Plano, Frisco and McKinney, the child poverty level is 15 percent.

Area residents may be amazed at what they can learn about poverty and the impact they can make in their communities. Free and open to the public, a poverty simulation is slated from 6-10 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Facilitated by Region 10 Educational Center, the simulation provides a town setting with many typical institutions including a police station, pawn shop, bank, social security office and church.

According to Brandy Kerbow, educational consultant, participants experience a month in poverty represented by four, 15-minute increments. They learn what it is like to experience the day-to-day trials of poverty.

“There's a lot of laughter and fun. Some people who experience the session on a deep level become frustrated as they attempt to make their lives work. In the end, we recap and share insights that people gained. It is always very eye opening,” Kerbow said.

Space is limited, and participants must register to attend. For more information and to access the registration packet, visit  or contact the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at or 972.881.5927.

Collin College serves more than 51,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.