Students from East Tipp Middle School are among the first to experience the new Junior Achievement BizTown. The program is located in the new YMCA complex and includes an interactive, simulated town where students take on roles as citizens, workers and consumers. They discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities, demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system, and build money management skills.
Sixth-grade student Emilee Franklin assumed the role as CFO at Kirby Risk where she manged the company's finances. "The biggest challenge is to get people to pay their bills," Emilee explains. "We even send reminders."
The team included Natasha McWhirter, Samantha Riley and Hunter Dewey who assumed roles in sales and delivery. Samantha says BizTown is a great way to see how a business operates. She was busy tracking orders from the restaurant and City Hall. "This was more real than what we could imagine in the classroom," says Natasha.
For this group, it was a lesson on the flow of goods and services. "This helps you understand you are part of the community and can make a difference," says Emilee.
East Tipp FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) teacher Dana Crum says overall it was a great experience for the sixth-grade classes. "I think students gained a greater understanding of adult life--what it is like to earn money, spend money, support local businesses and work together."