The School of Economics, 200 N. 14th St., in Blue Springs gives children a real-world taste of how to manage money. It does this by providing hands-on training to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The School of Economics, 200 N. 14th St., in Blue Springs gives children a real-world taste of how to manage money. It does this by providing hands-on training to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.


The school has four simulations for various ages. The teachers are given a curriculum to prepare their students before they come to the school.


“The students get to apply the economic concepts they have learned with hands-on experience,” director Vicki Stanton said.


The program “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is for students in kindergarten and second graders. The second graders are in charge of running a fast-food restaurant where they learn about courtesy and customer service.


The BSSE Minitown is for first and third grade students. The third graders run businesses and made foods and crafts that first graders can purchase.


“Choose your own adventure” is for children in fourth grade where they are exposed to career opportunities. They speak to local professionals about their jobs and make business cards, learn to use a specified budget, do team building and go through mock interviews.


The most popular simulation program is the International Bazaar for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. It allows the students to choose a country, and they start a business selling foods and other products.


“The students learn about supply and demand,” Stanton said. “They learn about entrepreneurship.”


The students get a loan and work to make money to pay it off as well as keeping a profit.


“They have to budget their money and make choices,” Stanton said.


The school is open from September through May. Students from many school districts in the Kansas City area participate, including Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Independence, Park Hill, North Kansas City, Raytown, and some home schools and private schools. For more information, contact the director Vicki Stanton at 816-224-8171 or 816-210-2029.