Coventry Elementary third graders had the opportunity to learn a little more about what makes up a city and how it operates through a program called JA Our City.

COVENTRY TWP.  Coventry Elementary third-graders had the opportunity to learn a little more about what makes up a city and how it operates through a program called JA Our City.

Hannah Moore, Summit County program manager for Junior Achievement, said the organization is a non-profit which offers free K-12 programing to schools. Moore said Coventry third-grade teacher Joann Hamrick reached out last year about bringing the program to the school.

"It has been so wonderful working with educators like Joann," Moore said.

Junior Achievement has done programs in Coventry before, but not in the last several years.

The entire third grade took part in five lessons, which each lasted 40 to 45 minutes. Each lesson also had an activity for students to take part in.

Moore said the lessons are all based out of kit, which are provided and include everything a teacher needs. The lessons focused around what is a city; how money is spent; how people bank; how entrepreneurship works; and the importance of news media to the financial well-being of a city.

Moore said the lessons also help prepare students for upcoming state tests and help teachers reach teaching requirements.

"JA is like an in-school field trip," Moore said. "The students really connect with the people that come in."

The lessons also allowed for nine volunteers to help teach the lessons. The volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including a school board member and retirees.

Coventry Board of Education member Dave Andrews said the program has been very well received by students.

"As a board member, I would like to see it expanded in the future," Andrews said.

Andrews said he was impressed with Junior Achievement for providing everything to make it work.

"Everything is prepared in advance and the volunteers have the fun job of bringing it to life," Moore said.

Moore formerly worked as an executive assistant before joining Junior Achievement in January. She said she has also always been passionate about non-profits.

Moore said the day at Coventry was a huge success as students learned real life lessons from real people. She said students will now be able to point out certain things in a city when they are in a car with their parents.

Junior Achiement began in 1919 as an after-school program teaching students how to run their own company. The in the 1980s, K-12 programing was added.