April 4, 2014
Wright Travel Provides Learning Experience for Middle School Students
Nashville - Wright Travel generously sponsored two days of the JA BizTown program on April 3rd and 4th, for Neely’s Bend Middle School students. More than 150 fifth and sixth graders learned about community, business, and philanthropy by participating in the program. JA BizTown, an interactive mini-city, teaches pre-teen students the components of successful business by offering them the opportunity to run their own economy.
Pam Wright, President and CEO of Wright Travel and long-time Junior Achievement (JA) Board Member, was on hand to receive a key to the town and be welcomed by an official proclamation from the student Mayor of JA BizTown. While on site, Wright also met with students, received a tour of JA BizTown’s businesses and shops, watched the kids performing their specific job responsibilities, and witnessed learning in action.
JA BizTown, a program operated by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, combines six weeks of classroom preparation with a field trip to a simulated town. Students learn the skills needed to hold and apply for jobs and spend their time in the town carrying out their job responsibilities, earning and cashing paychecks, buying and selling goods and services, and working to pay off a bank loan. JA BizTown offers students the chance to learn personal responsibility, economic principles, and important workplace skills. Volunteers are present in each of the 14 JA BizTown businesses to facilitate the program during the students’ visit.
JA President Trent Klingensmith said he was grateful for the support from Wright Travel. “Pam Wright and Wright Travel continuously demonstrate their generosity and support of JA and our programs. Their sponsorship of two days of the JA BizTown experience this semester will make a difference in the lives of students. These young people will be inspired to be responsible consumers, entrepreneurs, and leaders during their time in the program.”
When asked why the Wright Travel chose to sponsor two days in JA BizTown this week, Pam Wright, President and CEO of Wright Travel and long-time Junior Achievement (JA) Board Member, said, “Wright Travel is committed to the development of educational opportunities, and we have a particular focus on encouraging young people in their pursuit of business enterprise. BizTown is a unique opportunity to expose young people to how business works, and it is an opportunity to introduce them to various professions and ideas that may resonate with them in the future. We take great pride in having any involvement in these successes.”
The JA BizTown program welcomes 8,000 Middle Tennessee students each year. Local corporations, foundations, and individuals contribute to the success of the program. For more information about the curriculum and/or additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bethany Wynns, Director of JA BizTown, at 615.627.1205 or email@example.com.
Photo Caption: Pam Wright, President and CEO of Wright Travel (left), receives a key to the town from the Neely’s Bend Middle School JA BizTown student Mayor and JA President Trent Klingensmith on April 3, 2014
About JA BizTown®: Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee has operated JA BizTown since 2002, teaching 5th grade students the principles of owning and operating a business. Each year, nearly 8,000 students from Middle Tennessee schools participate in this half-million dollar program. After studying classroom concepts for six weeks, schools take a field trip to JA BizTown, where they spend the day running their own micro economy. JA BizTown features 14 shops and businesses, and gives students the chance to explore business, economy, and financial literacy. For more information, visit www.janash.com/jabiztown.
About Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee: Locally, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, a franchise of Junior Achievement USA® (JA), provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement offers classroom-based programs, JA BizTown, JA Job Shadow, and the JA Company Program to students in Kindergarten through high school. Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1957, Junior Achievement now operates in 18 counties in the region, reaching over 31,000 students annually in over 2,000 classrooms throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit www.janash.com.