Fourth grade students are preparing for their field trip to Young Ameritown. Young Ameritown is a community that students fully operate for a day. All students assume a job, such as a policeman, store clerk or accountant. Prior to the field trip, students prepare to perform the duties associated with their position. Students learn the different roles and responsibilities individuals assume in a community and how different positions work together. Students also learn how earn money, balance a budget and prioritize spending needs. In addition, they learn how to serve and contribute to a larger community.
This week students held elections for the role of judge and mayor. Those interested in these positions gave persuasive speeches to their classmates. Students highlighted their positive character traits, such as their ability to handle outside activities and school work, their ability to listen and their drive to help others. Candidates' desire to lead and confidence in presenting was commendable. I am proud of all students as they work to make Young Ameritown the best it can be.