Bordeaux Elementary Goes to JA BizTown (Date Posted 5/9/2019)
This past spring the fourth and fifth grade students of Bordeaux Elementary participated in an exciting program sponsored by Junior Achievement of Washington called JA BizTown. More than a one-day field trip, this program prepares students for a unique opportunity to be "adults for the day". They learn and practice elements of and skills for running a fictitious city called JA BizTown. Students are responsible for running 20 business and city hall providing themselves opportunities to be CEO's, CFO's and front-line employees. The businesses cross many career pathways, from business and sales like Best Buy, Nordstrom, Mariners Team Store to medical pathways like UW Medicine, Delta Dental, and communications focus as in Q13 TV. Preparations began in September when Mr. Wirzbicki, BDX School Counselor, worked with classroom teachers to help students learn to write checks, make deposits, and manage their paychecks all to understand the connection between the world of work and the classroom.
Locally, Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) worked with Mr. Wirzbicki and the students in a practice run-through of financial literacy and learning how to deposit their payroll checks at their main branch office here in Shelton. This opportunity was provided to Bordeaux by the generous support of OCCU and their incredible staff. A special thanks goes out to Karen Lee, Learning and Development Specialist, who not only works at OCCU, has a third grade daughter attending Bordeaux, helped to coordinate this event, but also co-taught the JA BizTown curriculum with Mr. Wirzbicki!
Special thanks go out to: all the parent volunteers who participated in the JA Biztown Program, our incredible fourth and fifth grade staff, Kris Kord, Community Financial Educator, from Peninsula Credit Union (he also helped to co-teach with Mr. Wirzbicki), Jane Mahony (DECA advisor and CTE Business teacher from Shelton High School and her incredibly dedicated students who helped mentor the Bordeaux students at JA BizTown), and Don Welander, the Career Connected Director for the Shelton School District.
Continued appreciation goes to the sponsors of this collaboration. Funding for the program was provided by Mason County School Retirees’ Association, Shelton Schools Foundation, Our Community Education Partner Grant, Don Welander's Career Connected program, and Bordeaux Elementary PTSO.