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Rhinoceros Times publishes “Reality Store” Letter to the Editor

March 22, 2012

The Rhinoceros Times printed the “Reality Store” Letter to the Editor about the Tuesday, March 27th Reality Store at Oak View Elementary in High Point


There’s a lot of concern out there about students not getting a proper education in regards to how the world works and most of the time that concern is spot on.

However, this isn’t true when it comes to a little to no cost program called the “Reality Store” which simulates how things will work for these future grown ups.

It starts with participating classes brought into their school gym where every student is given their annual salary along with adult identities that range from a married couple with no children to a single parent with up to four children.

From there, these newly deputized adults go from station to station where they choose to rent apartments or homes based on their income along with making other important spending decisions on clothing, groceries, commuting, and more.

By the end of the half hour process, most school kids finally have an understanding of why their parents can’t simply buy them everything they ask for along with why education is so important when it comes to income.

One parent went so far as to write organizers complimenting Reality Store for successfully teaching their child in one morning what they’ve tried to convey for years.

Read the rest on page 25 of the Rhino (or page 16 of this online version):


Reality Store on Tuesday, March 27th at Oak View Elementary in High Point

March 22, 2012

If you are interested in a simple and low cost way to teach students how things work in the real world, look no further than the Reality Store program taking place Tuesday, March 27th at Oak View Elementary in High Point from 8:30am-11:30am.

Students upon entering their slightly revamped school gym are assigned salaries along with adult identities that range from married with no children to single with up to four children.

From there, students have to budget accordingly based on their income for housing, groceries, clothing, transportation, and more.

One parent complimented the program for having taught her daughter in one morning what she had been trying to convey for years.

This program was developed by the Business Womens Professional Association (BPW) and has been used to teach young people across the United States from high schools all the way to girl scout troops.

If you’re interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact us here.

Rhino Times’ Michael Norbury School Board Candidate Interview

March 10, 2012

This week’s Rhinoceros Times included my candidate interview on why I’m running found on page 8:

“Norbury, a graphic designer who lives in Greensboro, participated in a citizen audit of the 2010-2011 Guilford County Schools budget. He said he is running on a three-pronged platform: improved business and economics education, stronger college loan education, and new incentives for teachers. He has spoken at numerous school board meetings to promote martial arts programs in the schools.

Norbury lives in District 3, but said he is running at large because he’s more interested in the county’s inner-city schools than the relatively affluent and successful schools in northern Guilford County.

“Really, it’s the Title I schools, the heartbreaking cases where they just have little chance of moving foreword even if they do graduate,” he said. “I find Andrews High School and the other such schools interesting for their potential. Those are really the motivations for me.”

My Letter to the Editor was also printed on page 25 regarding the correlation between low self esteem and antidepressants in school shootings along with the suggestion that martial arts is the best solution for helping students build up self respect to avoid the path that leads to tragedies like the ones in Cleveland and Virginia Tech.

Promotions Based Campaign (PBC) offered as innovation to Fundraising Status Quo

March 8, 2012

Michael Norbury School Board At Large explains in the above audio video how a Promotions Based Campaign (PBC) works and it’s ability to help maximize donor contributions while reducing the influence of special interests.
Video Text Below:

“Tired of special interests buying up elections through Donations Based Campaigns where dollars are traded for deals once a candidate gets elected?

Well, it’s a difficult problem to fix because campaigns require a lot of cash especially when going up against an incumbent.

Money is needed to purchase a voter list, print up campaign materials, and pay for postage in hopes of getting their literature into the hands of targeted voters.

The Michael Norbury School Board At Large campaign has a suggestion:  It’s called a Promotions Based Campaign or “PBC” for short.

The way it works is first you visit, then click on the “Promotions Based Campaign” button on the side to then download the newest digital files for  Norbury at Large campaign materials including postcards, flyers, and even yard signs.

You can then print them out on your home computer to have on hand to give to friends, family, and neighbors that agree with the Norbury At Large Platform of Improved Business and Economics Education, Better College Loan Education, and New Teacher Incentives because education creates jobs.

Notice that this in kind contribution to the campaign is relatively uncoordinated.

This reduces the likelihood of contributions being given in exchange for favors to certain organizations which frees up the candidate to vote the way they campaigned once elected.

For what it costs in dollars for a donations based campaign to reach just one voter, you can accomplish in pennies through a promotions based campaign using your own paper and printer.

Of course, if you’d like to have a more professional look to the artwork, consider using a local printer to help boost your local economy.

Once printed, send us a copy of the receipt via email by taking a picture of it with your smart phone or computer scanner.

If you don’t have time to do this, you can simply mail us a photo copy.

Please check for more details on sending receipts, spending limits, and reporting details.

Yes, printing things to distribute on your own and sending back receipts seems like a hassle, but ask yourself this:

How upset are you about special interests buying up our local, state, and federal elections?

Angry enough to go to and press print on your home computer?

Fed up enough to print a dozen and stick them in the mailboxes of everyone on your hall or street?

Outraged enough to print up 100 and put them in the mailboxes of everyone in your apartment complex or neighborhood?

Livid enough to go to a local printer and get your very own Michael Norbury School Board At Large yard sign made up and help out a local business in the process?

The choice is up to you.”

Michael Norbury Guilford County School Board At Large Candidacy Announcement

February 21, 2012

Greensboro, NC – In response to the ongoing lack of job growth in Guilford County, Michael Norbury has filed to run for School Board At Large.

Citizens who continually look to City Councils, the State Assembly, and the Federal Government to improve the economy need to consider another source: our local schools.

The Guilford County unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, especially when compared to state and national averages.

This is why it’s important that our school curriculum directly impacts employment levels.

To accomplish this, the campaign for Michael Norbury School Board At Large proposes the following programs:

1. Improved Business and Economics Education, 2. Stronger College Loan Education, and 3. New Teacher Incentives

In addition to fiscal education, there are many of your issues and concerns that need to be addressed.

Please go to for contact information regarding availability to speak with You, your PTA, Social Group, or Faith Based Organization here in Guilford County.

Thank you for your time.

Michael Norbury

Michael Norbury’s Bio:

– Graduate of Northwest High School
– Attended Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
– Graduate of The Living Arts College at School of Communication, Raleigh, NC [formerly known as School of Communication Arts]
– Former business owner
– Currently a graphic designer
– Participated in a Citizen Audit of the 2010-2011 Guilford County School’s Budget