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JA Directors Go Back to School

Last year, it was elementary students and city planning. This year, it was high school students and the art of negotiation.

In what is becoming a December tradition, members of the JA of Lincoln Board of Directors and Trustees went “Back to School” last month. In a Business Economics class at Lincoln Southwest High School, students got to put their negotiating skills to the test with the Superintendent of LPS, the President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, a state senator, and other worthy opponents. As part of a lesson about the stock market exchange, they haggled over the price of a cart of apples. There was some disagreement, stubbornness, competition, and even talk of potential employment between the students and the guests. And once again, the value of the Junior Achievement model – of giving the students the opportunity to have meaningful interaction with members of the business community who genuinely care about their success – was made strikingly clear.

It was not by chance that the JA guests were given the opportunity to see this particular lesson in action. The stock market unit is part of the JA Exploring Economics curriculum, which will next year be a requirement in all LPS Business Economics classes. It’s a first-of-its-kind partnership between JA and LPS, and it’s vital for JA stakeholders to understand why it’s such a great opportunity for all involved. Clearly, the message was received – by the end of the day, about 10 new volunteers were ready to get in the classroom next school year!

If you’d like to go Back to School too, we need you now more than ever! For more information on volunteering, contact Kelly Pargett at or (402) 467-1741.

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