Cherokee Nation Foundation sponsored Tahlequah fifth graders for a visit to Junior Achievement’s BizTown in Tulsa to learn the importance of a global economy.
Students take hands-on approach learning the importance of financial literacy
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – More than 200 fifth grade students from Tahlequah Public Schools visited Junior Achievement’s BizTown in Tulsa to gain valuable knowledge about the global economy. The effort is part of an ongoing partnership between the Cherokee Nation Foundation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Junior Achievement to increase financial literacy amongst Cherokee students.
“This year we are pleased to have the opportunity to offer this program to more schools within the Cherokee Nation,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “JA BizTown provides students the perfect environment to blend classroom learning and hands-on application. It’s a wonderful experience and one that all of our students should have the opportunity to enjoy.”
Students completed three weeks of classroom curriculum to prepare for their visit. They also applied and interviewed for jobs and set up personal bank accounts in the kid-sized city.
“When we watched the students begin their day in BizTown, it was clear that the prep work we had done in the classroom had really paid off. The students were educated about their job function and understood that every job was of equal importance,” said Lacie Davenport, principal at Heritage Elementary. “As educators, we are always searching for ways to get the students engaged in their lessons, and BizTown was the perfect place for them to see their curriculum come to life.”
CNF estimates it will sponsor nearly 800 students to visit BizTown during the spring semester.
Together, the foundation and CNB are significantly increasing the number of students reached by JA programming in northeast Oklahoma. Last year more than 1,500 students in the Cherokee Nation participated in a variety of JA programs, nearly four times the amount of the previous year.
In addition to sponsoring attendance at BizTown, the effort includes a commercial space in JA BizTown for the replicated Cherokee Phoenix newspaper and also facilitates special programming to classrooms throughout the school year.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to preparing students for workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programming. JA BizTown was first introduced to the Tulsa market in the fall of 2002. Only 28 markets in the United States provide this unique learning opportunity.
To learn more about Junior Achievement programs within the Cherokee Nation, or to sign up your classroom, contact Janice Randall at (918) 207-0950.