Students teach students about free enterprise

Students teach students about free enterprise

December 1st, 2011 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

Future Business Leaders of America recognizes Nov. 15 annually as National American Enterprise Day.

"This special day is set aside to salute, publicize and teach children about the American enterprise system," said Ooltewah High School FBLA member senior Michelle Brown. "This year the Future Business Leaders of America at Ooltewah High School partnered with Ooltewah Elementary School to educate all the third-grade students about the American enterprise system. Every student involved in the project will learn all different aspects of the American enterprise system and how it relates to their lives."

Ooltewah High Future Business Leaders of America students teach Ooltewah Elementary students through an FBLA American Enterprise Project. Front from left are third-graders Will Richard, Malia Drumeller and Connor Moser. Back from left are OHS junior Dillon Sluss and seniors Michelle Brown and Kayla Boyer.

Photo by Katie Ward

Brown said students learn the difference between needs and wants, how to count money, how to make money, how to wisely save money, vocabulary and about sources of income and long-term and short-term savings.

She said each Wednesday in November, FBLA students visit Ooltewah Elementary to teach third-graders for one hour.

OHS FBLA advisor Pam Lane said her students create lesson plans and write scripts for four classes. Thirty-one active FBLA members and two advisors are involved in the project.

The FBLA students will return to Ooltewah Elementary Dec. 14 for a class review, pizza lunch and feedback on the project.

"This is our FBLA competition service project," said Brown, adding that the students will take the project to the organization's state competition. "Today we went over banking, savings and checking. We made a 'Jeopardy' style review game for students to play."