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Maryland’s Second JA Finance Park To Open Tuesday in Silver Spring School

Center at Thomas Edison High School of Technology serves as simulation of personal finance decisions

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The Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, will officially open Tuesday with a 3 p.m. ceremony.

Caitlynn Peetz

Less than a week after the ribbon cutting for the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, the school will be highlighted again this week as a key feature of the technical school holds its grand opening.

The Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the high school, will officially open Tuesday with a 3 p.m. ceremony.

The Thomas Edison location is the second JA Finance Park in Maryland; the other is in Prince George’s County.

The 25,000-square-foot center serves as a simulation of personal finance decisions, thrusting middle school-aged students into the “real world,” if only for a few hours. Students will make decisions such as selecting a health care provider, purchasing a car, balancing a budget and buying a home.

More than 12,000 Montgomery County Public Schools students will visit the center each year, experiencing the “challenges of making real-life financial decisions,” according to a press release. Each session is led by community volunteers and each of the more than 15 storefronts is sponsored by a local business, outfitted to look and feel like a real store.

The Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, will officially open Tuesday with a 3 p.m. ceremony.

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