" I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. "
- Chinese Proverb
Rural AmeriTowne, located in Wray, Colorado, is a unique hands-on lesson in free enterprise that introduces young people to the basic principles of our economic system by allowing them to run their own town in a rural setting. The program was designed to provide young people with relevant life skills.
At school, students engage in a variety of interactive lessons that focus on banking, civics, free enterprise, advertising, laws, philanthropy, job interviews and more. Students prepare for their opportunity to run a life-size town by interviewing for jobs, conducting employee business meetings, and attending job-training sessions.
During a day-long field trip, the students move into the town of 10 businesses and transform from students of economics to citizens of Rural AmeriTowne.
"Finding a curriculum that presented the students with a real life look at our country's systems of free enterprise and government filled a need that our schools have been missing for a long time."
- Holyoke Elementary School Teacher