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Salem Avenue student, officials talk about Exchange City

November 10, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Washington County Public Schools officials and one student spoke Thursday night about their experiences with a program that allows students to operate their own minicity.

Curriculum in language arts, social studies and math are integrated into lessons for Exchange City, a hands-on learning experience sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.

Some of the county's fifth-grade students prepared for about six weeks, selecting jobs and political offices they would like to hold in their own minicity. They then took a field trip to Owings Mills, Md., where the 10,000-square-foot city has been constructed.

Officials told board members Thursday that it provides students with opportunities to learn what it takes to create a business, produce consumer goods, supervise employees, pursue and hold elected offices, and earn and manage money.

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Guy Thomas, a student at Salem Avenue Elementary School, talked about his experience with Exchange City. He was elected mayor, he said.

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