Monday, October 17, 2005

exchange city  

posted by Michael Piwonka 10:38 PM
I attended training this afternoon to prepare for Allie's Junior Achievement Exchange City program on Wednesday. Exchange City is a hands-on learning lab where 4th graders run a city for a day. They learn the basics of the economy, as everyone, from the mayor to retailers to radio DJs, works to earn, then spend, money.

The students create a business name, advertisements, and provide services and/or produce products. They also apply for a loan to cover their business expenses, with the goal of paying off that loan by day's end. In addition, students also maintain personal checking accounts throughout the day.

Allie's job will be that of environmental inspector (it sounds like an OSHA position to me). She will inspect businesses within the city, and fine anyone who either has unsafe working conditions, or that pollutes the environment.

There will be a parent volunteer in each business, helping keep the kids on track, but not doing any of the work for them. Since JA doesn't want parents volunteering where their own kids work, I will be in the newspaper office. We will publish a newspaper by the end of the day, including advertisements for the businesses in Exchange City. Our articles will be up to the students, and could include interesting anecdotes from the day, or actual events from their school.

The program is very impressive, and I'm looking forward to it.


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