Students participate in mini-economies fair

Chesapeake Academy’s third, fourth and fifth grades recently participated in the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education’s Mini-Economy Market Days at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

“The Mini Economies Fair is an experience-based instructional program used to teach the concepts of entrepreneurship, economics and government in a classroom setting, focusing on economic education, financial literacy, classroom management and real-world market situations. Students establish their own society, design and print their own money, plan and open businesses and create a functioning government,” said VCU Center for Economic Education director Stephen Day.

“VCU’s Mini Economies Fair gives Chesapeake Academy students an opportunity to participate in a year-long authentic economic project. We love that it promotes planning, creativity, critical thinking and strong communication skills while learning about the basics of economics,” said fifth-grade teacher Katie Parker…