In this personal piece from MetroParent Magazine writer Amy Schwabe, you'll learn why fourth grader Sammi McAdams called her class's visit to Junior Achievement's JA BizTown "the best field trip ever."
"The JA BizTown program is targeted at kids in fourth through sixth grade. Throughout the school year, teachers use the curriculum to teach their students different aspects of financial literacy such as applying for jobs and managing money," Schwabe writes.
In the article, Shannon Watry, director of development for Junior Achievement Wisconsin, explains that the day-long field trip at the JA Kohl's Education Center is considered the curriculum's capstone experience.
And it's quite the experience. The town is the pinnacle of imaginary play — going far beyond the dreams of any child who loves to pretend to be a grown-up. The town has a large open area with "sidewalks" and "grass" bordered by several different storefronts. Watry said, "What happens is we have industries that are represented within JA BizTown, and from there we work with local businesses to help customize those industries."
Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.