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Tadmore students hear about money, business through Junior Achievement
Volunteers help with life lessons
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John Orr, North Hall High School student, talks in Casey Phillips’ third-grade class at Tadmore Elementary on Friday. He is in Suzanne Haven’s class at NHHS in the education pathway. He was part of a group of people who taught classes for Junior Achievement at Tadmore. - photo by RON BRIDGEMAN

Kindergarten, third grade or fifth grade, the hands were waving Friday at Tadmore Elementary School.

The students had lots of answers for visiting teachers — adults and students from Junior Achievement.

The business group provided a JA day at Tadmore. Students in 22 classes heard, and participated in, Junior Achievement lessons about money, businesses and using what is learned in school in work.

The business representatives and students from North Hall High School taught six consecutive classes from JA Ourselves in kindergarten to JA Our Nation in fifth grade.

It is an annual event at Tadmore, said Dana Miller, director of Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia. She added that the business group provides programs to most schools in Hall County and Gainesville.

“You get it all in three hours,” she said. Teachers may request that the JA lessons be taught once a week and once a day for five days, she said.

Among the volunteer were 11 students from North Hall High School. Suzanne Haven, teacher at North Hall, said the students are in the education pathway, and most are planning to be teachers.

She said it was the third year students have visited Tadmore. They left there and went to Mt. Vernon Elementary, where they work each week, she said.

One of the students, John Orr, talked to third-graders in Casey Phillips’ class.

He developed a business plan with students for a restaurant, and asked them about consumers and skills required to run a business. “A lot of money,” one student opined.

Tommy Howard, president of the North Atlanta and Lakes division of the Norton Agency, asked students in Ashley Taylor’s fifth-grade class to imagine businesses they might start.

Luis Cordero described a combination dog and car wash. He said dogs could be hand- or machine-washed.

“I like it. This is how business happens,” Howard told the students during the discussion.

Miller taught in Heath Faulkner’s kindergarten class. She talked with the students about money, how it is earned. They talked about chores students could do around their houses.

The guest teachers combined concepts of practical economics, career awareness and entrepreneurship. 

The Hall County Board of Realtors, a partner in education with Tadmore, sponsored the event.

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