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Tifton leaders learn about poverty through simulation exercise

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

Tifton Leaders are learning what it's like to live at the poverty level.

Dozens of city and county leaders worked through a  poverty simulation today.

They were divided into groups and asked to live off an 18 thousand dollar a year budget.

Superintendent of Tift County Schools say about 48 percent of Tift County students live at or below the poverty level.

 "I hoping that they will take this and take it back to their constituents and friends in other elected positions and bring more awareness and help us work toward improving the situation of our families in poverty," says Patrick Atwater Jr., Superintendent Tift Co. Schools.

They partnered with the University of Georgia to conduct the simulation.

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