THOMASTON — Thomaston Center School students participated in a Junior Achievement program on Friday, November 8 at the Center School. About a dozen volunteers delivered lessons about personal, local and global economics to students throughout the day. The lessons were part of a larger Junior Achievement program that was instituted in 2015 at Thomaston Center School and Black Rock School.

JA for a Day relies on parent and community volunteers to help teach practical and real-world skills.

In the program, fourth grade students learned about entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in the community.

Students analyzed how entrepreneurs recognize the skills, tasks and concepts that an entrepreneur must master to start a successful business.

Fifth grade students participated in the JA Our Nation program to learn practical information about businesses’ needs for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market.

As a result, students understood that businesses need individuals with certain skills in the workplace.

Sixth grade students gained practical advice about preparing for the working world while still in school.

Finally, students explored potential careers, discovered how to plan for a job and learned how to maintain a job.

According to Kristin Bernier, principal of Thomaston Center School, “the program is a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn about finance and business from adults who are deeply involved in their community and in their professional practice.

“The entire Thomaston Center School community is grateful to our volunteers for donating their time and talents to make this day a huge success,” she said. 

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