Also, at any point a student may be handed a card with an unexpected expense such as a medical bill or home repair.
"The behavior of the students is amazing," Vogel said. "They really get engaged. Students have said they didn't realize their parents put out so much money. They realize it is important to buy what they need before what they want."
They also see that education can have a direct impact on salary and lifestyle.
Each session of the game lasts about 90 minutes.
Vogel said a small grant is covering expenses for administering the program right now.
"We have some grant money to pay people sparingly to do these events," he said.
He said teachers in 35 counties have undergone training for the program and have kits that are shared in various secondary schools in their respective areas.
"We've probably touched 10,000 students by now," he said. "We would like to carry this even further. We need to do more teacher training."
For more information about "Get A Life," call Vogel at 304-341-7083.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.