Weeks of financial literacy lessons, job interviews, and discussions about goods and services culminated in a trip to JA Biztown on Monday. Students got a chance to view the world through the lens of the working folks who keep our economy afloat each day. The video titled BizTown 2015 attempts to give you a glimpse inside Biztown to witness the 5th graders of Willamette as they fulfill the mission of JA Biztown: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. I want to send out a major thank you to all those who took the time to volunteer at Biztown. This experience was not possible without the many adults who helped facilitate. I also want to thank all the parents who discussed various lessons, skills, vocabulary, etc. with their children throughout the last several weeks as they prepared for their visit to Biztown.
As part of the preparation for our upcoming trip to BizTown, students applied for jobs and sat down for interviews. The amount of thoughtful time and energy that students put into this process was quite impressive and these kids now have a better idea of what goes into the work it takes to compete in the job market.