By: Karyssa McCubbin, Contributing Writer
On November 15th Centralia Intermediate School (CIS) fifth-grade teachers took their students to Junior Achievement Biztown (JA BizTown) in St. Charles, MO.
This is the seventh year CIS teachers have taken students to JA BizTown.
JA BizTown combines prior in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This learning experience allows students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor.
While at JA Biztown, the students will be given a job. In this designated job students will perform the day to day functions associated with that job. The goal is for students to learn about economics, skills for being successful at a job and managing money.
Prior to going to JA Biztown there is a lot that has been learned, “Students have learned about their community and economy, how to use a checking and savings account, how to use a debit card, how to run a successful business and how to apply for a job,” said Mrs. Rebekah Kropf, CIS 5th grade teacher.
Throughout the experience, students are given breaks to explore the other businesses. While they are visiting other businesses, students can use the pretend money they earned to purchase items from the other businesses.
Taking students to JA Biztown helps the students apply the concepts they learned to their everyday lives.