Each year, Harelson 5th Graders are given the opportunity to be part of the Junior Achievement BizTown curriculum. Junior Achievement provides students with engaging, academically enriching lessons that teach the responsibilities of being a citizen, the basic understanding of free enterprise, the importance of philanthropy, money management skills, the understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities, and the soft skills necessary for successful participation in the business world. This popular program combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to BizTown (a simulated town). Students experience what it is like to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, vote for mayor, and more, allowing them to connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
The goal of experiential education programs such as JA BizTown is to help students see how classroom learning connects to real-world actions and events. Each student will have a job within a business team, repay a business loan, buy and sell products, receive a paycheck, and manage a personal bank account. Throughout the program, students will use critical thinking skills to learn key economic concepts and enhance their understanding of free enterprise. As part of the program, students apply what they have learned in a realistic setting.
This year's trip to BizTown will take place at the end of February. Keep an eye out for more information coming home in your child's Friday Folder, and don't hesitate to contact me with questions.
[*The video above gives an overview of a trip to JA BizTown presented by a news reporter, including how the kids feel about completing their assigned job.]
To learn more visit: https://www.jaaz.org/programs/ja-biztown/