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Rachel Sager and Joanie Heineman took 62 AP Language and Composition students to the Minnesota History Center with a grant.
They report that the students loved "seeing history" and how it affects culture today.
Their favorite exhibit was Minnesota's Greatest Generation, and they learned about the research library.
"Thank you to all for this wonderful opportunity to enhance student learning," Sager said. "It has really given them a broader perspective on the workings of our past culture and how it can and does related to many of today's issues!"
Julie Thompson lead a group of 5th grade teachers who requested funding to add BizTown to their curriculum this year.
This program enabled students to experience a series of workshops taught by their teachers, using materials provided with a a greant from the foundation.
Fifth- grade teachers requested funding to add Biztown to their curriculum this year. For the first 6 weeks of school students were taught the JA  BizTown curriculum. It helped students  understand the economic benefits of education; explore career options; learn job seeking skills; respect and understand business ethics; and practice personal and business financial management.   The program used hands-on experiences to help students understand the economics of life.  The students had personal checkbooks to manage and a business to run, and they had to be a part of an entire community.  In the JA BizTown community, students ran businesses within a simulated city..  They practiced philanthropy.   
One student said, “ I didn’t realize how hard my parents work all day.  Now I know why they come home so tired.”  
The culmination of the program was a field trip to the Biztown Headquarters to  participate in an all-day re-enactment of a city, applying six weeks of curriculum they studied prior to the field trip.
This grant enabled the teachers to enhance and add to their curriculum to enable students to:

* Discuss the roles they, as citizens, play in their community as  workers and consumers and relate these personal roles to the free enterprise system.
* Discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities in a community.
* Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system.
* Understand the importance of nonprofit organizations in our community.
* Build money management skills through a practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices. 
* Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities.
* Display the skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work.

"I cannot thank the Red Wing Foundation and the Jones Family enough for the opportunity of a life time.  The students benefited tremendously.  Thank you."

Julie Thompson

The culmination of the program was a field trip to the Biztown Headquarters to participate in an all-day simulation of a city. Each student had a job to do.