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Penn Valley students learn business basics with Junior Achievement
Penn Valley students learn business basics with Junior Achievement

Penn Valley Elementary School recently welcomed volunteers from Wells Fargo in partnership with Junior Achievement USA to help teach first and second grade classes about how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of families and communities. The first and second graders explored Junior Achievement's "Our Families" program, which introduces students to the concept of needs and wants and discusses the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services.

Junior Achievement USA is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's programs – in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy – ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Throughout the fun-filled and educational day, students participated in five sessions where they learned several important topics, including:

  • how families are alike and different and how they can work together to create a strong economy for the neighborhood
  • how all families need food, clothing, and shelter to live and must earn money to pay for these needs
  • how the needs and wants of people in a neighborhood create opportunity for entrepreneurs to start businesses
  • that entrepreneurs create businesses, which provide jobs for families and make the neighborhood where they live better
  • how to think like entrepreneurs to help advertise a new business in their neighborhoods

"Junior Achievement is a great program to bring real world business and economic concepts to our students through coordination with Wells Fargo," said Penn Valley first grade teacher Maria Mignogna, whose efforts helped bring the program to fruition. "It was a very exciting day!"

To view a slideshow of pictures from Mrs. Mignogna's class, click on the image below!

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