This week, our sixth-grade students at Brownstown Elementary are visiting BizTown, a simulated city where students learn hands-on about the free enterprise system. All of our elementary schools will get the chance to visit this “town” during the school year.
This is the second year CV is working with the Junior Achievement to give students this chance to experience “real life” while still in sixth grade. Prior to arriving at BizTown, students learn about the basics of finance, such as how to write a check, and get to interview for jobs in Biztown’s businesses, including working for the bank, TV station, laboratory and more. Once they get to BizTown, students work in these jobs, shop using money earned from their paychecks and learn to budget. They also get to partake in elections for town officials.
This experience also helps us work towards several of our district goals. It imbeds career education and work standards into instruction, helps our students learn 21st Century skills, increases the “real-world” experiences that benefit our students and lets us work closely with Junior Achievement, an outside community organization.
Our students get the chance to learn real-world skills throughout their time at CV. These opportunities are occurring in our elementary schools all the way through our high school, including the CTC. For example, this spring our middle school will be hosting a Junior Achievement YES! Day, where students will learn important financial decision-making skills.
Additionally, students at the high school students recently completed a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) Fair hosted by Junior Achievement, where they learned important STEM concepts and heard from a panel of speakers about their careers in STEM fields. Throughout the school year, our students also have opportunities to job shadow or participate in internships.
These events and opportunities help us give CV students the tools they need to excel in life after high school. We look forward to seeing our students take advantage of these great programs! And parents, we are always looking for volunteers at these events, so please contact your school’s office if you want to join in on the fun!