Fifth and Sixth Grade students participated in the JA BizTown experience on February 16, 2012.
JA BizTown is an indoor center that contains a mini city with up to 18 public and private businesses. Each business within the center is sponsored by a real local business and displays the authentic logo and the actual marketplace appearance of the sponsor bringing the town to life for the students. The program combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated town facility.
Before visiting JA BizTown, students completed the pre-visit curriculum program where they learned basic economic principles, such as how to manage their personal bank account. They also participated in job interviews and learned about their new workplaces. Jobs ranged from retail sales professionals, accountants, business managers, radio DJ’s, and even a mayor!
The students were very successful and enjoyed their day. Christopher S. ’19 said, “It was a fun experience, but it was challenging to balance your personal checkbook. Each business had to work together to payback their loan and that was a challenge as well.” Elizabeth H. ’19 thought it was a great place to learn and “do what grown-ups do!” Tristen G. ’19 thought it was harder than she expected. “It helped me to understand what life will be like when I get a job someday.”
Great job, fifth and sixth grade!
Submitted by: Elizabeth Magnusson