Huber Ridge Elementary Students Get Civics Lesson Before Visiting BizTown

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Gavin Hunt served as Honorary Mayor of Westerville on October 6.




On Monday afternoon, October 9, Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi visited fifth grade students at Huber Ridge Elementary School to talk about city government and her responsibilities as mayor and a member of City Council.  The week before, Huber Ridge student Gavin Hunt, named Honorary Mayor, spent the day with Cocuzzi visiting many departments and even testing the city’s drinking water.  He concluded, “She does a lot of stuff.” 

These events took place in preparation for a fieldtrip to BizTown, a Junior Achievement (JA) program that provides pupils with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are applied in the real world.  By participating in JA BizTown, youngsters take on the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in a free enterprise system.  At the BizTown facility, students operate many businesses including retail stores, manufacturing shops, media outlets, a utility service, a restaurant, a bank, and City Hall.  They learn firsthand what it takes to create and run a business, as well as personally earn and manage money.