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JA BizTown's 100,000th Student Celebration

(Portland, Ore.) — Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington is celebrating a milestone. On Thursday, October 25 the 100,000th student will be participating in JA BizTown, a program which is bringing important work readiness and financial literacy lessons to elementary school students.

In 2007, Marysville Elementary students were the first to participate in JA BizTown. Marysville will again be a part of a milestone occasion, as one of their fifth graders will be deemed the 100,000th student!

JA BizTown combines classroom concepts and relevant application at Junior Achievement's interactive JA BizTown facility. At JA BizTown, the students are given the opportunity to do something that they are not likely to find anywhere else at their age, the opportunity to make their own financial and career decisions. The program is now nearing capacity, and is expected to reach 13,000 students this school year.

“Over the past eleven years Junior Achievement has gone to great lengths to continuously improve JA BizTown and reach as many students as possible.” – Gina Huntington, Vice President of Programs, Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington. “We are thankful for our continued community support to empower young people to own their economic success”

“Reaching our 100,000th student is quite an accomplishment for us,” said Behzad Hosseini, Board Chair at Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington. “The impact of JA BizTown has been huge on the 5th grade population of Portland, and I look forward to see how the program impacts and changes the next 100,000 students.”

JA BizTown Current Sponsors:

Elementary school students are not old enough to drive, work, vote, or be the boss. But that doesn't stop them from working for Allstate Insurance, Associated General Contractors, Comcast, Fred Meyer, KeyBank, NW Natural, ON Semiconductor, Oregon Humane Society, PacifiCorp, Pacific Foods, Portland Business Journal and UPS. JA BizTown is also supported by the Kruse Way Rotary Club and KinderCare Education.

Interested media should arrive by 9:00 a.m. and are welcome to attend the presentation, take photos, and stick around to watch a day at JA BizTown unfold.

For more information or to cover, please contact Rachel Cline, Junior Achievement at rcline@ja-pdx.org or 971-255-4946.

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,000 volunteers will teach JA programs in more than 1,700 classrooms, serving over 44,000 students in Oregon and SW Washington. Visit www.jaorswwa.org for more information.