[EDUCATION] BY DANA INEZ
Mock Town Provides Real-World Lessons
NEW JERSEY STUDENTS are buzzing
about Biz Town, a no-cost program created by Junior Achievement—a global K- 12
education nonprofit—to help schoolkids
acquire life and business skills.
During the last school year, 281 fifth-and sixth-grade students from four New
Jersey schools took part in the Biz Town
pilot program. More than 1,600 students
from 16 schools are enrolled for the new
The students take 10 weeks of classroom lessons before participating in a
field trip to a microcosmic community
hosted by real-estate developer Advance
Realty in Bridgewater. There, the
simulated town’s mayor is sworn in, and
students take their posts at one of the
14 mock Biz Town businesses, serving as
CEOs, CFOs, retail associates, restaurant servers and more.
But it’s not all
business in Biz Town.
Students deposit “
paychecks” for Biz Town
Cash, with which they
can buy retail goods
or restaurant snacks.
They also stop at
the MetLife Service
Center to buy health insurance. (The
MetLife Foundation granted the program $1 million in start-up funds.)
“Students gain real-life skills through
hands-on, experiential learning, and they
learn the importance of each job and
how every job impacts the economy and
society,” says Dawn Schwartz, senior vice
president of Junior Achievement.
Schwartz says schools are “breaking
down the doors” to get their students
involved in JA Biz Town and its high
school counterpart, JA Finance Park,
because it’s a fun and effective way
for students to earn state-mandated
credits. Finance Park counts for the 2. 5
credits of financial literacy needed for
high school graduation; Biz Town hours
count toward requirements for English,
math and social studies. ;
at Forest Street
School in Orange,
takes his place as
mayor of JA Biz-Town in Bridgewater after being
elected by his
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