The morning routines may have been the same, but how these Allisonville students spent the rest of their day was anything but typical. They went to work… just not their normal work as students.
The preparations for this day were weeks in the making. There were job applications filled out and interviews conducted. There were speeches given for elected positions and research done on assigned roles. Each task, an important part of the overall Junior Achievement BizTown experience.
JA BizTown is a reality-based learning environment that allows students to experience financial literacy through hands on activities. The day is impactful and allows students to connect economic education to real life in a fun and engaging way.
“I really enjoy seeing my students transform into citizens of JA Biztown. Every student takes ownership of their responsibilities and feels excited to see how successful they were at their jobs, even if they were unsure of how well they would do. These experiences are influential on not only academic successes, but for also social development.” -Rashieta Woods, 5th Grade teacher at Allisonville
Since 2012, over $30,000 has been provided through Advancement Center grants to support Washington Township students in the JA BizTown experience. Donors have made this simulation possible for EVERY student across the district during either their fourth or fifth grade year.
The simulated town is a constant buzz of activity. While at work, the students do activities such as learning how to write checks, speak publicly about development and sales, submit loan applications and promissory notes to the bank, install smoke detectors and issue tickets for not following directions. Each activity plays a part in making the city run and enhancing the student’s educational experience.
Job: CEO, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
Took great care in preparing his talking points about insurance, health vouchers and the wellness exams that Peyton Manning offered. He was also encouraging of people to consider stress balls, Chap Stick and hand sanitizer when looking for ways to spend their discretionary funds.
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Business: Radio Disney
Radio Disney employees had a quick in-studio powwow to make sure messaging and advertising were set before the DJ’s hit the airways.