The Trafford Middle School 6th-graders completed the core lessons for Junior Achievement’s experiential-learning program, “JA BizTown.” As a program finale, on May 23rd the students traveled to Carnegie, PA for a BizTown simulation in which each student was ‘employed’ within a thriving community and economy. Some of the skills and experiences gained from JA Biztown were financial literacy skills, teamwork, problem-solving, and business ethics. The students also practiced formal business greetings, letter writing, job application skills, and job interviewing.
“The journey has been fun and educational,” commented School Counselor Megan McGraw. “Students should now better understand how the world works and his or her future role as employer, employee, consumer, saver, and investor.”
Students placed at the UPMC simulator were Aryana Marsella and Callie Hopkins (Nurse Practitioners), Chloe Chamberlin and Jayda Whittaker (Medical Assistants), Blake Porter (CEO), and Eli Demeri (CFO)
At the Giant Eagle simulation: Alivia Helch (Grocery Team Leader), Morgan Hunter (Service Team Leader), Lilyanah Barrett and Evelyn Hatam (Pharmacy Team Leaders)
Role-playing as Mascaro Workers were Shelby Marrow (CEO), Freddy Ramien (CFO), Levi Driskill (Superintendent), Joey Prosdocimo and Myron Steimer (Trades Persons)
Koppers workers for the day were Saif Khatri (CEO), Will Grant (Salesperson), and Armondo Capdevila (CFO)
All of the students attending a town meeting