First Tennessee Foundation donates to HC*EXCELL

The First Tennessee Foundation recently donated to HC*EXCELL. Tim Coley, left, senior vice president at First Tennessee Foundation, presents a check to Stan Harville, exectuive director of HC*EXCELL.

The First Tennessee Foundation donated $3000 to HC*EXCELL in support of the Junior Achievement BizTown program.

In the 2018-2019 program, 784 fifth-grade students from the eleven elementary schools participated in this introductory workforce program.

Approximately 55 elementary teachers as well as 205 volunteers assisted with the program.

The funding will be used to support the program for 2019-2020 school year.

JA BizTown is an elementary school project that promotes student financial and workforce skills.

Hamblen County fifth graders participate in an in-school curriculum that encompasses financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship – the “Economics of Life”. Each fifth-grade teacher receives a curriculum guide, teaching kit comprised of fully developed lessons and support materials as well as student materials.

Following the 12 lessons, students and teachers pack up and head to Junior Achievement of East Tennessee BizTown for a day-long simulated city experience. BizTown helps students connect the dots through role play by becoming CEO’s, Utility Engineers, Sales Managers, Mayors and much more.

While at BizTown, our students will explore what they have learned in class by receiving a paycheck, making manual and electronic deposits, balancing a check book, managing inventory and a host of other duties. This illustrates to them in a real way the importance of financial management.

HC*EXCELL, the Education Foundation of Hamblen County, appreciates the continued support of First Tennessee Foundation in delivering this much needed program to the fifth-grade students of Hamblen County.

To learn more about HC*EXCELL and our mission, visit our website at hcexcell.org or call Stan Harville at 423-581-5334.