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Metuchen Christian Academy at JA Finance Park

– Seventh and eighth grade students from Metuchen Christian Academy spent the day yesterday at the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city, participating in a hands-on budgeting activity. Led by Angelica Hughes, tax analyst at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and JANJ North District board member, parent volunteers mentored students through the day’s challenge to manage a personal financial budget.

Ms. Hughes spent several months prior teaching the JA Finance Park curriculum during the students’ weekly after-school sessions. Of the experience, one student said, “I learned that it is pretty stressful to pay bills, but I know that JA helped me to understand an adult’s life. This will definitely help me in my future.” Another student noted, “I learned how to manage my money to the best of my ability.” The JA Finance Park program is a no-cost solution to New Jersey schools, helping students to meet the 9.2 statewide standard in financial literacy education. This two-pronged educational approach gives students first-hand knowledge and skills in personal money management in the classroom, and culminates with a field trip to the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city, an experiential learning lab where students experience a day in a life of an adult.

About Junior Achievement of New Jersey
Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) is leading the charge in empowering young people in the Garden State to own their economic success through turnkey, standards-based curriculum programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Delivered by JANJ’s extensive network of trained volunteers, JANJ’s sequential K-12 programs are preparing New Jersey’s youth to be leaders in their communities, while giving schools the resources they need to ensure students meet New Jersey’s core curriculum content standards and graduation requirements in financial literacy (Standard 9.2). JANJ’s free, data-driven programs are a win-win for all; driving excellence and delivering results in financial education that are moving students, parents and families, volunteers, schools and communities forward. In the 2012-2013 school year, 44,569 New Jersey students got an edge on their financial future through Junior Achievement. For more information, please visit http://janj.org.

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