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Photo: Fifth-graders from Harding Academy, left to right, Thornton Mitchell, Griffin Wallace, and Coby Bennett with Harding Academy Principal Georgia Stafford.
A miniature city in downtown Memphis called JA BizTown can be found at 307 Madison Ave. It’s a place where students come to get real world experience.
JA BizTown is a “working free enterprise community” where each student experiences the responsibilities of running a business and acting as a consumer, saver, investor, and citizen. Donations like computers donated by Methodist Healthcare help keep JA BizTown in business.
“It’s gratifying to know that we can repurpose computers that we can no longer use and donate them to organizations that can put them to good use,” said Maria Haywood, director of desktop support for Methodist Healthcare.
JA BizTown is home to 15 businesses including retail shops, banks, private enterprises, a stock brokerage, and a newspaper and radio station. Through the experimental learning program, teachers are given an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies, math, language arts, government, and economics.
“At JA BizTown, students learn how businesses work,” explained Larry Colbert, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South. “It shows students the important role teamwork plays in the success of a business.”
For more information about JA BizTown, contact Hallie Hogan, manager for JABiztown, at 901.366.7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.