Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 2, 2013

Junior Achievement brings real-world skills to the classroom


CROSSVILLE — Students in Ms. Pugh’s third-grade class at Crab Orchard Elementary learned how to run their own business through hands-on activities that demonstrate real life experience. A recent class taught students how to run a restaurant by learning how to budget, staff, promote and operate their business.

The Junior Achievement (JA) program through the local nonprofit Youth Achievement Foundation, Inc. has expanded over the last couple of years and now serves all schools in Cumberland County. Students in the third-grade “Our City” program learn about the zones in the city, banking and budgeting, running a newspaper and operating their own business.

Fifth-grade students have an opportunity to visit Biztown, a small “city” at the JA offices in Clinton, TN. Students are divided into small groups to operate the businesses and community offices that it takes to run a city, such as city hall, radio and TV stations and banks. Students in seventh grade continue with their study of practical life experience through the Economics for Success program.

JA started locally four years ago with pilot programs in two schools in one grade and has expanded to its present involvement in all elementary schools. Programs at the high school level are currently being discussed. If you would like to be involved in the JA program as a classroom volunteer, chaperone or through corporate support please contact Rich Soenen at 484-6775. To learn more about Junior Achievement in Cumberland County go to!