More than 200 sixth-grade students at William Paca Middle School recently visited Junior Achievement Finance Park in Hauppauge, a program which provides students with experience in making financial decisions including those related to income, expenses, savings and credit. Volunteers from Capital One bank also shared their expertise with students.
“The program and classroom instruction is designed for students to begin building a personal foundation upon which they can make intelligent lifelong financial decisions,” said Anthony Murray, William Paca Middle School Introduction to Careers teacher. “Our students worked closely with volunteers from Capital One to create, implement, and evaluate personal budgets. Across three days, each student successfully applied the financial concepts they have learned in a virtual-reality experience,” added Mr. Murray.
Additionally, during the 2017-18 school year, the William Floyd School District successfully piloted “Exploring Entrepreneurship,” a middle school business course at both William Paca Middle School and William Floyd Middle School. The objectives of this course include building awareness about a variety of careers and occupations, expectations of the workplace and professional behavior, as well as developing skills in entrepreneurship, problem-solving, decision-making, time management, public speaking, financial literacy, teamwork, technology and more.