Seizing an opportunity: Junior Achievement Finance Park

“Creswell Middle School was one of two middle schools in Lane County who seized this opportunity to participate in this inaugural event.”  CMS Teacher, Kendra Anderson

Recently students from Creswell Middle School had an opportunity to participate in a half-day simulation at Lane County’s Junior Achievement Finance Park.  Led by teacher Kendra Anderson, the students were randomly assigned life situations and then given a chance to develop a budget to tackle the situations.

Skills learned in their classes with Mrs. Anderson helped them be prepared and successful in developing a budget based on the life situations.  Using iPads for the simulation students interacted with the sixteen mini-businesses making up the Finance Park.

Mrs. Anderson shared the following on the opportunity and experience,
“Junior Achievement is such a great program and organization.  I have had the opportunity in the past to have JA volunteers in my classroom, so when Sheryl our local JA representative asked if I would be interested in participating in their new JA Finance Park, I was excited for the chance to try something new.  Creswell Middle School was one of two middle schools in Lane County who seized this opportunity to participate in this inaugural event.

Creswell Middle School’s unique Guided Study program allowed students from all three grade levels to take the JA Guided Study, and participate in the simulation.   This program is a perfect example of a Common Core State Standards activity because it involved math, reading, writing, social sciences, and technology along with real life scenarios.

During the 4 weeks prior to the simulation students worked on learning how to create budgets, use check registries,  read stock market prices, and many more financial literacy skills.

I am so proud of how hard all 52 students  worked,  and how well they prepared for the simulation.  It was worth all the hard work to see students 100% engaged with smiles on their faces.”

Check out all the action in these photos from the event: