"Kids Town" at Sandrock Elementary

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Simulation makes civics, economics approachable for young students

At the ripe age of 9, Laadan Griffin was making his first foray into business ownership Monday. He was the “L” in The B.Y.L Pet Shop, one of a handful of stores set up in Julie Sperl’s third-grade class Monday at Sandrock Elementary School. He and other third-graders took part in a simulation called Kid Town, designed to teach children about democracy and economics. The B.Y.L Pet Shop sold fish, birds, dogs, cats “and sometimes platypuses, if we run out of stuff,” Laadan said. Business was booming Monday.

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