Brad Happel volunteered for Junior Achievement of the Triad to present the “JA Our Community” to elementary kids in Rockingham County. Why start these topics at such a young age? This is the age where real-world role models make lasting impressions. They are beginning to explore beyond their home and block. I believe that these children are the seeds of our tomorrow. Let’s help them get grounded in the soil and nourished by the right amount of sun and rain. These words summarize the topics presented during a few one-hour presentations.
Monroeton Elementary and Junior Achievement
Wow, I am proud of you guys.
Together we have learned about jobs and our community. Communities made up of citizens. Communities need the special skills of many people. People trade their time, skills, and money to their community to get things like schools, jobs, and places to shop. Communities also provide police and fire protection. These things make communities feel safe.
At the “Sweet Donut Shop,” I was Brad the Baker and you were my employees. We made super tasty paper donuts. We made a lot of donuts. We made a lot of defective donuts. We made mistakes because I demanded more donuts. Demand made us innovate. Defects made us innovate again. Innovation is growth. Innovation is fun. Innovation is creation.
Brad the Baker gave each of you five paper dollars for your hard work. But then Brad the tax collector took two dollars of your share in taxes. We learned that the government is people doing the things that serve our community. Taxes are the way we pay for those people and those services.
We talked about how communities make decisions by voting. Each citizen decides to shout out or shut up. Shouting is learning both sides of every issue and marking your ballot. If you decide not to vote, you can sit in your corner and shut up if you don’t like the decision. But when you take the effort to think about all the good and bad things, you become a citizen action hero. You vote and let go. It might be your choice. It might not be your choice. But it is the choice of your community. Whether you win or lose, you shake the hand of the other team. Right? Mark your choice on the ballot but then support the decision because it represents the majority of the community.