Junior Achievement Ensures Entrepreneurial Achievements  

1Junior Achievement (J.A.) of Western New York has partnered with the fourth grade students of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. J.A. is presenting a course over five days entitled “Our Region” to cultivate the entrepreneurial skills of these students and how people use resources from their community to start a business. 

In addition the complementing the fourth grade curriculum, the timing is perfect as students will soon participate “Kid-Biz,” an entrepreneurial program during which students sell their wares to their fellow classmates in a carnival-like setting.  After taking the Junior Achievement course, fourth graders will be able to develop a business plan and launch a profitable business in a myriad of fields, from selling sweet treats to “rainbow loom bracelets,” a popular trend these days.  Mrs. Johanna MacDonald who teaches fourth grade at St. John’s says, “Whenever we can link lessons to everyday life, the learning becomes more meaningful and authentic.  They now understand the concepts of revenues, expenses, profits, and so on.  Partnering with Junior Achievement has achieved this—and having our kids be able to apply their knowledge at Kid-Biz will solidify their knowledge.  I’m excited to see what they create and have the opportunity to make purchases from them!”