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WHAT:      Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington is hosting Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read at JA BizTown, where he will help present student awards and speak to participating students about the importance of financial education. JA BizTown is an 8,500 square foot replica of an American city where upper elementary students have the unique opportunity to take on the role of “adult” for a day.

Interested media is invited to JA BizTown to see, firsthand, Treasurer Read’s presentation to the students and the program simulation, as students will work together to manage businesses, market goods and services, hold elected office and manage their income. The highly-interactive simulation allows students to bridge the connection between concepts learned in the classroom and the skills they need to manage money and succeed in a career.

WHERE:   JA BizTown

Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington

7830 SE Foster Road

Portland, OR 97206

WHEN:     Tuesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. The Treasurer arrives at 1:00 p.m. and the event will conclude by 1:30 p.m. The program simulation will run from 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHO:        Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, Junior Achievement President Ryan Deckert, and 100 fifth grade students from Brookwood Elementary School, Hillsboro School District.

MEDIA:     Interested media should contact Rachel Cline, or 971-255-4946 to RSVP and request details. Student interviews are available upon request.

MORE:     About 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 4,700 volunteers will teach JA programs in over 1,800 classrooms, serving over 45,000 students in Oregon and SW Washington.