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American Enterprise project targets sixth-grade learners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Members of Holyoke Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently joined forces with Rural AmeriTowne to teach business ethics to local sixth-graders who are planning to attend Rural AmeriTowne in May.

Rural AmeriTowne is a mock economy set up to give grade-schoolers hands-on business experience. Each participant will be interviewed and hired for a position. The kids then go through job training in their sixth-grade classrooms with their teachers Andrea Kammer and Crystal Rigel.

They also learn personal finances, such as how to balance a checkbook and how to write and deposit checks. In May, the Holyoke sixth-graders will travel to Rural AmeriTowne in Wray.

A team of two FBLA members, Sydney Nelson and Mallory Bennett, used this opportunity to construct a project, American Enterprise, by taking part in the sixth-grade class’s learning experiences.



FBLA members Sydney Nelson and Mallory Bennett are working with Holyoke
sixth graders for an American Enterprise project that involves participation in
Rural AmeriTowne in Wray this spring.


They have developed three lessons they plan to teach the students throughout the year. The team previously visited the classes and demonstrated business and electoral advertising techniques and held an advertisement poster-making competition among the students.

Other plans include the “Dos and Don’ts” of interviewing for a job by carrying out mock interviews.

The two will review with the class before they attend Rural AmeriTowne by conducting a “Knowledge Relay” in the elementary school gym.

The FBLA chapter will interview the entire class to determine their professions. Bennett, Nelson and the sixth-grade teachers are planning to go to Rural AmeriTowne with them in May.

The two FBLA members are finishing their report and will attend the State Conference in Vail April 16-19. They hope to make it to the National Conference this summer in Orlando, Fla.