WyoTowne's first Mayor cuts the ribbon

(Casper, Wyo.) – Oil City? WyoCity? How about WyoTowne? Local firth graders in Natrona County will be taking over WyoTowne in the next few months as the new Mayor, fifth grader, Camden Jackson cut the ribbon with a supportive cast by his side for the newest addition to Casper. ​ ​​Wyoming becomes the second state in the Nation to adopt an 'Ameritowne' interactive experience. ​ According to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, WyoTowne will teach youth important life skills associated with financial literacy at the All American Center, 910 Barbara St. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new town this morning. ​ After taking a quick 'selfie' with Boys and Girls Club CPO Ashley Bright she commented, "This ranks among one of the greatest honors I have had the privilege of being a part of. We are all educators today and everyday. This is a chance to celebrate the community of Casper, and the community of Wyoming." ​We also spoke with Jonah Bank CPO Kim DeVore about WyoTowne and what it provides to the community. "To me, this is literally how to be an adult, 101. The kids study nineteen lessons before entering the town and teach them about being a citizen. They learn to dress professionally and how to apply for jobs, run a city and how to follow the rules, with consequences of sitting before a judge.This program, that began in Colorado, accents all of the curriculum standards, and our fifth graders get it." ​ WyoTowne is an educational program in partnership with the Natrona County School District for 5th graders to develop sound money management skills and to establish a competent foundation for personal financial literacy knowledge. Seven NCSD schools are participating in the inaugural semester of the program. Students are currently learning in their classrooms about personal finance and elements of a free enterprise economy. Lessons will culminate in a day in Young AmeriTowne®: WyoTowne where the students will apply their knowledge and run town for a day. ​ ​Superintendent Balow continued to report, "Education does not take place within the walls of a classroom, it takes place in the community. Ameritowne/WyoTowne is a strength in this state that we have never had, and it will become a part of our fabric in years to come." Sagewood Elementary will be the first class to be welcomed to “Towne” on April 18. Classes from Evansville, Midwest, Mills, Paradise Valley, Verda James, and Woods will follow. The program will be expanded to 14 schools next semester, offering it to all NCSD elementary schools by year three. Casper City Manager V.H. McDonald also attended the ceremony and told us, "This is really great for the kids. As adults, some of our biggest frustrations in life are finances, and this program, down the road, will put less strain on future Wyoming families." Some of the main concepts that will be taught in WyoTowe include: - Basic Economics - Banking - Money Management - Government - Communications - Giving back to the community-Donation Station - Business Preparation ​Equipped with a bank, a snack shop, a medical center, town square and a Town Hall, the kids will take a crack at life with live interviews and elections. The first ever Mayor of WyoTowne, ten year old Camden Jackson addressed the media today and commented, "Most importantly, we just want to have fun." ​ ​Well said Mayor. To learn more about Ameritowne and WyoTowne, please contact Jessica Baxter at (307) 235-4079. #oilcity #news