Weirton Heights pupils get look into business world

WEIRTON – Students at Weirton Heights Elementary received a lesson in business Friday thanks to a program provided by Huntington Bank and Junior Achievement.

JA in a Day is a program which involved business representatives volunteering their time to teach lessons on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.

This is the second year for the program to be presented at Weirton Heights Elementary, with 15 representatives of Huntington Bank spending time in the classrooms Friday and following a curriculum provided by Junior Achievement.

“It’s a wonderful program,” Principal Frank Carey said. “It’s so amazing to see the non-teachers get excited to share what they know.”

Different lessons were provided at each grade level, with some learning how to write checks, how to start and run a business, supply and demand and various methods of making payments.

“The kids are doing great,” Huntington Bank Community Development Manager Lisa Quattrochi said, explaining she had been teaching the students about income, wants and needs, and goods and services.

Lessons also included a discussion on the uses of checks, cash, debit cards and electronic payments.

“We set up a scenario for each of those methods so they understand,” she said.

Quattrochi explained the ultimate goal is to help students become better prepared to make good financial choices later in life.

Huntington Bank has provided similar programs in multiple schools in its six-state area over the last several years.

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