Education Minister David Eggen will visit Aspen Heights Elementary School this Wednesday to tour the school’s innovative MicroSociety program where K-5 students experience math and civics by having jobs, paying taxes, running businesses and holding elections.
During one of the school’s regular “market days,” Eggen and attending guests will see the program in full action. K-5 students products and services include food and smoothies, clothing, salad mix and plants, cosmetology and hand-made crafts. The innovative program helps tomorrow’s leaders develop real-world skills, including financial literacy and civic participation.
Guest tours of the student-owned and operated businesses will be hosted by MicroSociety Premier Colby Fox and Deputy Premier Maria Whitnack, and MicroSociety community leaders. This school year’s elected leaders were sworn into office by the Hon. Judge J.B. Mitchell following the annual general election this past fall.
The visit to the award-winning school follows a meeting between the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Minister Eggen this past fall to discuss opportunities to support entrepreneurship through Alberta Education. The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and Alberta chamber network are recommending the province support implementation of at least one MicroSociety in each school district in the province by 2025.
This is the top recommendation for Building Healthy Communities, the third pillar of Vote Prosperity Alberta Chambers network’s campaign of business priorities for a strong Alberta.
Founded in 2009, the mission for the program is to provide real life experiences for all citizens of Aspen Heights MicroSociety. The program is facilitated by committed teachers who collaborate with local partners to build foundations for healthy communities starting in the classroom.
(Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce)
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