St. Jude School

ST. JUDE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE BIZTOWN® -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 five of the businesses –JACafé, WNEP-TV, Transportation Station, State Farm Insurance, and Fur-Ever Friends. The students spent the day putting into practice the business skills they had been learning in the classroom. While spending the day in the simulated community, they 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 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. Shown, front from left, are: Kayden Ayre, Joseph Kopko, Kyle Kocon, and Alex Martin. Back: Molly Grove, Carli Glaser, Lainey Conway, Lauren Lokuta, Alexandra Hargreaves, and Jenna Medvetz. Row three: Jack Novelli, Francesca Basalyga, Mary Kate Banford, Olivia Bilbow, Ahyaan Sayed, and Donato Strish. Back: Avery Chepolis, Natalie Hunsinger, Margaret Mary Ganter, Addison Webster-Burick, Ethan Brenner, and George Sabatini.