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Floyd County

May 28, 2008

Green Valley fifth-graders learn what it’s like in the ‘real world’

LOUISVILLE — Angela Lively, 11, worked busily at the Stock Yards Bank inside the Sam Swope JA BizTown on Tuesday morning, opening accounts and cashing checks.

“I always wondered what people in banking did behind the big window,” the Green Valley Elementary School fifth-grader said while wearing a bank polo shirt and handing cash to a student customer. “It’s a challenge to me, because there’s no one telling me what to do. I have to find out on my own, but I’m having fun.”

The group of about 75 students from Green Valley Elementary came to BizTown to see what it’s like in the working world. Each was given a job, where they got a chance to earn money to later spend. The town consists of 15 shops, including a radio station, printing shop, a pizza place, an accounting firm, a city hall and more.

The mayor for the day, Zack Perry, opened the town for business after giving a speech.

“It was exciting making a speech in front of the whole fifth grade,” the 12-year-old said. “The job is cool. I like it. I get a big desk.”

Jacob Dunwoodie, 11, walked around in a police uniform, looking for people breaking the rules, such as walking on the grass.

“It’s cool, because I get to give people tickets and I get money to give to the town treasurer,” he said, not taking his

eyes off the town’s “residents.”

Erica Williams, 11, worked for the Internal Revenue Service.

“I collect taxes. People fear me,” she said, grinning. “That’s not good, but I like my job.”

Students all started their own checking accounts — which they had to balance themselves — for their spending money. However, they could buy real items with that cash, such as small toys and snacks.

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