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Mock 'town' teaching Georgia students about money management

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Volunteers from Gas South prepare for students to arrive Volunteers from Gas South prepare for students to arrive
Junior Achievement's Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center Junior Achievement's Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The mini-city inside the Georgia World Congress Center has only been open since September, and already, nearly 30,000 students have visited, transforming into adults for a day as they learn how to be leaders in their individual households and town.

The Junior Achievement Discovery Center provides has two sections: Biz Town and Finance Park. Both have the feel of being in a real downtown setting, complete with storefronts designed and built by companies like Chick-fil-A, Publix, SunTrust and Gas South.

In BizTown, students are able to interact within a simulated macro-economy, and take on the role of employee, tax payer and consumer. Students who visit during day-long field trips receive unique job assignments and work in teams at their assigned business. By the end of the simulation, each student completes a day's work, develops a personal budget, deposits a paycheck at the bank and makes purchasing decisions.

In Finance Park, students are given a life situation with a certain job, income, education, and family scenario. Based on his or her adult persona, the student visits businesses in the simulated community to gather information to make financial decisions, such as managing a household budget, using banking services, and making decisions on what to buy and how to invest.

The Discovery Center is run by employees of Junior Achievement Georgia, along with volunteers from the participating companies. On Thursday, Gas South sent several of its employees to serve as volunteers.

Click here for information on scheduling a field trip.

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