Category Archives: Behind the scenes at JABT

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The magic of JA BizTown

JA BizTown is magical. After six years working here, I still cannot put my finger on where ‘the spell’ comes from.  I thought for the longest time that the magic lived in the Maplewood facility. I’ve been proven wrong. I think the magic resides in the power of play. We are all born with this innate yearning to make believe. Continue Reading...
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Future JA Volunteer

During one of our JA in a Day events at a local elementary school, one of our JA district program coordinators shared a story from one eager 2nd grader: “Today we held our JA in a Day event at our local elementary school for our 4th and 5th graders. While seated in the school lobby next to our JA banner, Continue Reading...
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A day of accomplishment

Here’s a feel good moment for your day — Earlier this week I received an email from the teacher of today’s JA BizTown students. She gave me a run down of some of her parent volunteers and asked that a couple not be moved from their shop assignments because of special needs of their children and needed support. One of Continue Reading...
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This is What Learning Looks Like!

This is what learning looks like! Yep.  Take in the picture.  And note that this is how I found him ‘in the wilds of JA BizTown’ toward end of day.   Behold, the ‘I Voted’ sticker.  Proof he learned the importance of being an engaged citizen, expressing his opinions by voting. Take in his glasses/teeth.  Both purchased (via his job Continue Reading...
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Do you remember me?

While welcoming students to JA BizTown today, a very smart and energetic 5th grade boy’s hand shot up every time I asked a question. He always had the right answer when I called on him and he seemed so excited to be here. When I announced that the students should head to their shops for Business Start-Up Time, he made Continue Reading...
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Ribbon Cutting

Since we moved into our new St. Paul home, we’ve done a lot of celebrating – grand openings, open houses, building tours. Each week we’ve had at least one or two ribbon cuttings celebrating the opening of different JA BizTown shops. One of our team members took the time to share the impact that these ribbon cutting events have on Continue Reading...