The reports read like something from the future… but it’s happening now! TaMyah Jordan, Parker Delph and KeAunte Smith have all become company Chief Executive Officers (CEO)! Savannah Eubanks, Lee Smith and Brian Rock are performing the tasks of Chief Financial Officers (CFO). Can you believe it, and list goes on and on!
These “hands on” opportunities afforded the students, came as part of Junior Achievements JA BizTown program. JA BizTown as described on their website is: a community unlike any other; one where kids take charge by
running businesses, earning paychecks, voting in elections and donating to philanthropy. This unique program designed for 4th-6th grades, engages students in the roles of workers and consumers in a series of classroom lessons that culminate in a visit to our fully-interactive simulated town.
The procedure for TSB’s involvement began in the classroom with 16 of the school’s youngest and brightest students. After lessons to understand the basics, it was decision time. Each student had to decide on what type of occupation they were interested in pursuing. The students then prepared for and went through the interview process in order to be considered for that position. Up to three positions could be listed as possibilities.
As when applying for any job, consideration was given to the student’s resume, experience, attitude, appearance, and much more. The students learned the importance of presenting themselves favorably and communicating their experiences and desires. After the staff interviews, a consensus was formed on which student was best suited for the positions for which they had applied. When the students received their new positions, classroom instruction continued on the expectation and importance of professionalism and being competent in their new field of endeavor. On February 27-28th the time finally came for the sixteen students to put into practice the things they were learning. They joined a similar groups of students from Harding Academy in order to populate the town. The simulated environment of JA BizTown brought excitement that could be felt in the air! Hands-on learning was engaging with real life applications. Here is a list of our future entrepreneurs and their places and positions of employment for JA BizTown:
TaMyah Jordan- Mars Petcare CEO
Savannah Eubanks- Mars Petcare CFO
Kevin Giron- Mars Petcare Sales Manager/Adoption Specialist
Kayla Cross- Mars Petcare Sales Manager/Adoption Specialist
KeAunte Smith- Newspaper CEO
Lee Smith- Newspaper CFO
Rylan Womack- Newspaper Editor
Cody Grissom- Newspaper Web Designer
Austin Rogers- Newspaper Ad Executive
Donnie Sands- Newspaper Photographer
Maliyah Green- Newspaper Reporter
Gage Yokley- Newspaper Reporter
Parker Delph- Wellness Center CEO
Brian Rock- Wellness Center CFO
Leah Mayberry- Wellness Center Health Care Manager
Andrew Bush- Wellness Center Nutritionist
Our students saw much success when given “the run of the town”. Through this unique experience, they gained valuable insights and knowledge that may be guiding our town for a lifetime. For additional information on this remarkable program, and to see addition photos of our students in action, visit: http://www.janash.com/ja-biztown/