2nd-graders are all business

By Denise Dick



No one likes to pay taxes, and second-graders at Taft Elementary School are no exception.

Taft students learned lessons in money and business from students from Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration as part of Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley’s JA in a Day.

Husband-and-wife YSU students Sybrena and Victor Robinson led one class in lessons about production and quality control. They were among 32 YSU business students volunteering at Taft on Friday.

Students first worked individually and then in an assembly line to punch doughnuts out of paper, apply flour, eggs and milk stickers and inspect them for quality.

“You have to work together in order for it to work,” Sybrena Robinson told the students as they gathered in teams of five.

Victoria Hoffman, 8, punched her team’s doughnuts out, passing them to Kalan Turner, 7, who affixed the milk stickers.

Kalan said the team did pretty well.

Ginelly Martin, 7, was assigned eggs duty and said the assignment was easy.

“I could keep up because I’m fast,” she said.

Tabitha Wright, 8, placed the flour stickers on each doughnut from her team and said she, too, had an easy time with the task.

Ryanne Berry, 7, inspected her team’s completed doughnuts to make sure each included all of the required ingredients. The team completed 16 doughnuts in the allotted time.

After the young workers finished their duties, Victor Robinson distributed $5 in play money to each student.

Sybrena Robinson then explained that her husband would change roles and become the tax collector, taking back $2 from the $5 they earned. Students gasped, their jaws dropping.

“No!” a few exclaimed.

Michele Merkel, Junior Achievement president, said the students were informed about how taxes are used to pay for services such as police, fire and education.

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