Ranch Elementary Students Spend the Day at BizTown
Students from Ranch Elementary School in San Tan Valley had the unique opportunity to participate in a field trip experience they will not soon forget! Fifth and sixth grade students visited Junior Achievement BizTown in Tempe, and spent the day “at work” in the mock town.
The program included an in-class curriculum that taught how rights and responsibilities are an integral part of being a member of a community. During the field trip, students were employed with BizTown jobs, earned a salary (BizTown money), learned to write checks, and exercised their right to vote.
Additionally, economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances were an integral part of their working experience. During their field trip experience, the students discussed strategies behind pricing, inventory, marketing and selling products to generate revenue. Many businesses were able to successfully pay off their business loan by the end of the day!
Marissa Thomas, 5th grade student, said, “Being the CEO of my company was a big responsibility and I had a lot of paperwork to fill out!" Brenden B., 5th grade student, said, “BizTown is a good concept, but I want to stay a kid for as long as possible!” The experience was memorable for all students and parents who attended.
Submitted by Renee Braun, Teacher