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Wells Fargo provides learning experience for area students

Wells Fargo representatives: Ray Mullins, Sammie Griffin, Sam Belk, Brian Sallee, The Mayor of JA BizTown, Aaron Breeden and JA Board Member, Michael Bash. Photo provided by Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo generously sponsored two days of the JA BizTown program on October 23rd and 24th. More than 100 fifth grade students from Walnut Grove Elementary School in Williamson County 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.
Wells Fargo representatives were on hand to receive a key to the town and be welcomed by an official proclamation from the Mayor of JA BizTown. While on site, Wells Fargo representatives 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 Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo continuously demonstrates their generosity and support of JA and our programs. Their sponsorship of two full days of the JA BizTown experience 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.”
“The BizTown experience introduces children to a variety of careers and helps them learn about responsibility and making wise choices,” said Brian Sallee, Regional Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking and Senior Vice President. “We love the positive impact that Junior Achievement has on Nashville’s children, and we’re proud to support the work that they do in our community.”
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 Rachel Dyer, Director of JA BizTown, at 615.627.1194
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 
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,

Posted on: 10/25/2013


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