For three weeks, the personal finance class was given $200,000 fake cash and were sent out to "buy" five or more stocks to invest in. They had to make a spreadsheet and keep track of when they bought it, how much it was, the profit, and the loss. After three weeks, they recorded how much they gained or lost. The students used the MSNmoney website to check the stock prices each day.
On Thursday October 27th, 34 FBLA members participated in the annual Halloween for the Hungry. Every year, students go door to door asking for food items to be given to the local food pantry. The students loved helping out with this project, knowing that they are helping out people in our community. After we were done, pizza was served to the hardworking students. We would like to thank everyone who donated this year.
On Tuesday, the 27th of September, 9 members of the Wood River FBLA chapter participated in the annual Fall Leadership Conference in Kearney. Josh Erikson was the keynote speaker this year. He talked about empowering young people to be an active leader in their community. After the speaker, they split up to participate in workshops to help build new skills. In the afternoon, they had a choice of what leadership workshop they went to. The majority of students from Wood River went to "The Art of Communication: Leaving a Legacy" workshop. The leaders of the workshop were State President Ojus Jain and the State Vice President John Willey. All of the students will take the skills they learned and apply them to our FBLA chapter.
On September 6th, eighteen of the Wood River FBLA members participated in adopt-a-highway. They spent an hour of their day off cleaning up along highway 30. This is a great way to give back to our community by making the sides of the road cleaner. Afterwards, pizza and pop was served to the hard-working students.
The Business Education Department is offering the following classes this year: Periods 1 and 8 Information Technology I, II and Period 2 an Independent Study Class of Information Technology I. The first unit is Introduction to Computers and How to Purchase a Computer. The students researched three different computers that they would like to purchase and then pick the one that best fits their needs. The students then had to present their results. We purchased new textbooks and updated the software to Microsoft Office 365/2016 it is a web based software and can be use on several devices.
During Period 3 we are offering Personal Finance. We are working on the our Careers unit, Students are researching three careers of interest and are filling out self assessment exercises to get to know themselves. We will then create a Resume, Letter of Application, fill out an Employment Application, and will go through a Mock Interview.