Students from Homestead Elementary and Pine View School recently attended Junior Achievement Biztown in Clinton. Biztown is the place where students run their business in a town that includes a City Hall and sixteen businesses.
In preparation for their trip, Kasi Lewis at Pine View School and Patsy Horst at Homestead Elementary introduced the students to how free enterprise and communities work. They learned about the responsibilities of citizenship, effective teamwork in a business, applying for and getting a job, what makes effective advertising, setting prices, establishing a business operating cost, getting a loan at a bank and working to make enough money to pay-off the loan. They also learned about getting a paycheck, managing their checkbook, and making good purchasing decisions.
When they got to Biztown, they put all of the classroom learning into practice. Whether they were the Biztown mayor, a sales associate, the bank president, a camera operator at the TV station, or the mail carrier, they all learned the responsibilities of holding a job. Ms. Lewis' comment was, “JA Biztown was such a wonderful opportunity/experience for my students. It was a joy to watch their eyes light up upon entering the town, and figure out how to run their job. The students did an excellent job working with one another and the students at Homestead Elementary. Quoting several of my students, 'It was a little stressful, but lots of fun... can we go again?'"
Thanks to Greg Pugh from First National Bank for volunteering to help with the preparation classes at Homestead Elementary and to the 33 volunteers who went to Biztown with the students to help make the day a success. Also thanks to the teachers and administrators at both schools who did what needed to be done to arrange for this educational experience for the students. Thanks to United Fund, VECustomers Care, MTNG Project Hometown Help, Staples Foundation, and all of the others in the community who provide financial support to Youth Achievement Foundation to make the Junior Achievement program available to Cumberland County students.