Wilder Students Prepare for JA BizTown by Interviewing with Local Professionals

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Westerville Mayor Craig Treneff was one of many distinguished community members who volunteered to interview students.




Wilder Elementary School conducted JA BizTown interviews on February 1 with an all-star list of interviewers, including the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Westerville, a School Board member, a local doctor, a veterinarian, an airplane mechanic, a real estate agent, an interpreter, an accountant, a school counselor, a Kiwanis member, and an ESL coordinator. 

The JA BizTown program provides students with a realistic opportunity to see how basic economic concepts are applied in the real world.  By participating in JA BizTown, youngsters experience the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in a free enterprise system.  Designed for pupils in grades 4-6, JA BizTown is presented in three progressive stages: 

  • Students complete a four-week classroom curriculum on economics, in which they choose jobs, develop business plans, and discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities. 
  • Pupils take on the roles of citizens, business owners, employees, and consumers during a daylong JA BizTown simulation.  Teachers and volunteers receive training to help facilitate the program.  In the JA BizTown facility, children operate many businesses including retail stores, manufacturing shops, media outlets, a utility service, a restaurant, a bank, and City Hall.  All businesses are outfitted with modern office equipment and supplies.  Students learn firsthand what it takes to create and run a business, as well as personally earn and manage money.
  • Students return to school and complete a follow-up classroom curriculum. 

Fifth grade teachers Haley Dorne, Reuben Chapman, Lynn Holland, and Debbie Miller expressed their gratitude towards everyone who helped to make this wonderful experience possible for their students.