BIZTOWN® EXPERIENCE-Fifth grade students at St. Jude School recently became part of the “real world” when they attended the JA Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education. Students, shown front from left: Thomas Mayernik, Ethan Stoltz, Connor Spencer, Evan Wejkszner, and Chase Pugh. Row two: Matthew Kerstetter, Brian Billig, Connor Moran, Aubrey Jumper, Matthew Banford, Christopher Papciak, William Wolfgang, and Michael Nicotera. Back: Chloe Pugh, Kyra Hayden, Daryl Boich, Jordyn Chepolis, Sophia Bere, Kathryn McIngvale, Edward Patrick, and Brandon Schwartz.
After weeks of classroom preparation, the fifth grade class at St. Jude School in Mountaintop traveled to the JA Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education in Pittston to be a part of the “real world” and hold “real jobs”.
During their day at Biztown®, St. Jude students were in charge of running six of the businesses –NBT Bank, WBIZ Radio, TTYL Telephone, Mericle Real Estate. U Fix-It, and Gertrude Hawk.
They put into practice the business skills they had been learning in the classroom. While spending the day in the simulated community, students assumed the roles of workers and consumers. They experienced the concepts of supply and demand, marketing, careers, production, specialization, division of labor, employment, saving, banking, resources, citizenship, the circle of economics, and more. The experience reinforced the skills of analysis, data collection, negotiation, budgeting, predicting outcomes, graphing, communication, setting goals, and role playing. Parent volunteers assisted in each business.
This year, students in the U-Fix-It business, Aubrey Jumper, Matthew Banford, and Connor Moran, made a wooden chair under parent supervision.
The chair, which was donated to the school, will be stained and used in the fifth grade classroom.