Garrett Carter and Adam Werner recently volunteered at Jr. Achievement’s BizTown. JA BizTown allows students a day-long visit to a simulated town. Elementary students are given the opportunity to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students take what they learn in the classroom and use their skills in a real-world setting.
Adam shared about his experience: “I was placed in the Sea World Store with one other adult volunteer. Five 5th graders came in and I assisted them in finding their instructions books, learning how to operate the camera, and getting started printing their checks for payroll, supplies, and the bills. I encouraged them to seek the best and safest way to lead their customers around a barrier in front of Shamu for photos and reminded them to make deposits. Basically, I encouraged them to stay on schedule, and have fun learning their roles. They had to help their customers, deal with computer glitches, pay bills, have breaks, get paid and deposit their own paychecks in the bank so that they could spend their hard-earned money. They learned a little bit of what their parents do daily. It was very interesting to see how many kids would rather go without something than to learn how to write a check, very eye-opening! These kids had several weeks of learning and planning in their classrooms prior to coming to BizTown, so they were really on top of it. It was so rewarding to be a part of this event.”