Reality Check 2017

financial management, Reality Check, youth learn about spending and saving moneyOn March 31, 2017,  Fayette County 11th graders visited Bevill State Community College and participated in the ACES sponsored Reality Check program. Reality Check is a financial simulation that allows participants to simulate financial management scenarios. 4-H agents, CECs, and school counselors visited with students and prepared them for the program by exploring careers, college and career outlooks, and salary options. After researching career pathway options,  students are given real life scenarios consisting of being a 25 year old adult with entry level positions in the workforce. Students move through the simulation role-playing various scenarios such as being married and having families.  They proceed through 14 stations, nine are mandatory and five are optional. Some of the stations students visit include a supermarket, daycare, insurance for home,  car ownership, home mortgage or rent, utilities, second jobs and just-for-fun. The students must use ledgers to track all their spending.Through the activity students learn personal financial management as well as:

  • A hands-on, real-life simulation that gives youth the opportunity to glance into the future in a fun and exciting way.
  • Understand gross and net pay
  • Learn what it takes to pay monthly living expenses
  • Learn to balance financial obligations
  • Learn to comparison shop

The Fayette County Extension Office would like to thank all of our community partners and volunteers who ran the stations and Bevill State Community College for hosting the event. For more information you can contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 205-932-8307.

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Reality Check volunteers hosting the Realville Jobs booth.


Scale Back Alabama Kicks Off 2017 Contest

weight loss

The Fayette County Extension Office will be serving as a weigh-in site for the state’s largest weight-loss and exercise program, Scale Back Alabama. In its 11th year, the program has resulted in millions of pounds lost and lots of healthy habits formed, and the 2017 contest starts this week.

Adults in teams of two can go online at to register for the free, 8-week program and then go to the Fayette County Extension Office to weigh in on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 12-4 pm or Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 8 am-4 pm. All participants must be 18 years of age and older, live or work in Alabama and must weigh in at an official site to be eligible to participate. Those who lose at least 10 pounds will be included in the cash prize drawings on April 5.

Dieting is never fun by yourself; Scale Back Alabama offers a fun way to team up with another individual, get healthy, and have a chance at a $1000 cash prize.

Scale Back Alabama is a collaboration of the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

For more information, call the Fayette County Extension Office at (205)932-8941 or visit

New Extension Sign

New Extension SignFayette County Extension has a new marquee sign thanks to funds made available thru a Tombigbee RC&D grant.  The sign is double-sided with room for 3 lines of 6″ letters.  We would also like to thank the Fayette County Commission, Fayette County Engineer and the Fayette County Road Department for pouring the concrete footer and mounting the sign.  The sign is located at the intersection of State Highway 43 and County Road 38 and will make it easier for local residents to see programming being offered by Extension.

High School Students Interested in Careers in the Medical Field


Ronni Rena Brasher, 4-H Foundation Agent for Fayette County, works with the University of Alabama Rural Health Scholars program for high school students interested in careers in the medical field. She also serves on the Children’s Policy Council for Fayette County and is a member of the Fayette Medical Center Foundation Board which directs fund raising efforts for special projects.