Dec. 7, 2006
Eighty-two students from Morningside’s “Discover Entrepreneurship” classes recently presented the Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum on free enterprise, business, and economics to nearly 400 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Mater Dei and Sacred Heart Schools in Sioux City.
The JA curriculum consists of five age-appropriate lessons with six sequential themes designed to augment the school’s current social studies curriculum. The themes include “Ourselves,” “Our Families,” “Our Communities,” Our City,” “Our Region,” and “Our Nation.” The Morningside students presented the concepts and then engaged the elementary students in hands-on activities designed to enhance learning.
This year is the fifth year Morningside students have assisted in presenting the JA curriculum to Siouxland schoolchildren. The project fulfills the service-learning component of Morningside’s curriculum.
“The JA partnership allows our students to serve as mentors in the local school district and the program continues to be important in fulfilling our college mission to serve as ethical leaders,” said Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor of business and economics and director of Morningside’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education.
JA of Siouxland, Inc. has been a partner in Morningside’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education since 2001. Mickelson, Dr. Doug Livermore, the Miles Tommeraasen Professor of Economics and Business, and Molly Williams, professor of business and economics, teach the “Discover Entrepreneurship” class.