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St. Pat’s fifth graders learn business basics at JA BizTown

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa

St. Patrick School fifth grade students got a jump on planning for their economic futures this year by participating in a Junior Achievement (JA) business and financial literacy program that culminated with a trip to the Richard O. Jacobson JA BizTown in Des Moines.

All 16 students applied for jobs at JA BizTown in Des Moines and were given job interviews by St. Patrick School Principal Eddie Diaz. Diaz said he was impressed by the effort and preparation the students demonstrated in their interviews.

“I was blown away by some of their interview skills,” Diaz said, “From their confidence in their answers to the small things like eye contact, posture and a firm handshake. These students came ready to take on the world when they stepped into my office.”

Ahury Perla, a St. Pat’s fifth grader, was one of many students who had a great time on the trip and learned a lot doing so.

“It was really fun and a learning experience,” Perla said. “You learned about writing checks, deposits and work. You get to run a business, and you get to feel how it is to have a job. You get to do stuff that you don’t get to do everyday.”

When asked whether holding a job takes a lot of work, Perla said her classmates were exhausted at the end of the day. She said it made her feel happy because now she knew how her parents felt every day after a long day of work.

           “All schools should go there, because it was really fun,” she said.

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