The faculty of Hammond Westside Montessori School prepared for the new school year with “Simulation Society,” a teacher-led professional development exercise, on Aug. 6.

Faculty arranged themselves into three groups representing different economic levels in society. They were given different amounts of money and treated differently by the sheriff, the mayor and the city hall manager. Each group selected a town council representative and built their city.

Throughout the simulation, the poorest group experienced a decrease in their land and increase in arrests, while the wealthiest group experienced increases in land, extra money and special privileges.

The simulation wrapped up with a discussion about the effects of poverty in society.