Kearny Bank Teams Up with Rosa Parks Community School at JA BizTown®

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Kearny Bank employees recently volunteered at the JA BizTown® facility.

Kearny Bank employees volunteer at the JA BizTown®.

"It was challenging today to get people to come to our business to buy our stuff, but it was a lot of fun! I loved working with my friends all day feeling like we were grown-ups in a real business,” said Danyshah L., participating fifth grader.

Another group of Kearny Bank employees recently volunteered at the JA BizTown® facility, coaching ninety six Rosa Parks Community School fifth graders as they played "real life" roles in many different businesses including retail, banking and local government.

Students were very engaged in this real-life simulation. "It was challenging today to get people to come to our business to buy our stuff, but it was a lot of fun! I loved working with my friends all day feeling like we were grown-ups in a real business,” said Danyshah L., participating fifth grader.

"Children usually don’t play the roles of supervisors, the ones calling the shots," Eric Kesselman, First Vice President/Kearny Bank's Director of Marketing said. "But that doesn't mean that they don't dream about being their own boss and that's what entrepreneurship is all about. It teaches them creativity, resilience, self-confidence and many other important life skills," Kesselman added.

JA BizTown® is a standards-based 21st Century experiential learning curriculum designed for fifth and sixth grade students to learn the importance of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Kearny Bank, a federally-chartered stock savings bank, has supported the communities it serves since 1884. The Bank has assets of $ 4.8 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in Northern and Central New Jersey and Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York.

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