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Turnberry students try Young AmeriTowne

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COMMERCE CITY — Turnberry Elementary School’s 120 fifth-grade students returned from their holiday break this week to the enormous task of running their very own community.

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The students took part in the Young AmeriTowne program Jan. 7. The program, sponsored by the non-profit Young Americans Center for Financial Education, allows students to take part in a life-like simulation where they are tasked with operating their own 17-business town. 

Young AmeriTowne, which includes a detailed classroom curriculum leading up to the field trip, introduces concepts to students such as supply and demand, job skills and work habits, banking procedures, democratic processes, civic consciousness and career awareness.

Students took on a variety of tasks, which included managing a bank, operating a grocery store and medical center and producing their very own television show and newspaper. Students also were selected to represent their community as mayor, judge and police officers.