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Tampa Bay Times: What’s It Like in the Real World? Enterprise Village Marks 30 Years of Lessons

Tampa Bay Times: What’s It Like in the Real World? Enterprise Village Marks 30 Years of Lessons

LARGO (Nov. 20, 2019) — The students walked into town square wide-eyed, brimming with anticipation. They wore colorful dresses, suit jackets and ties, peering into storefronts with near-tangible excitement to start the day.

They had come to Enterprise Village from Safety Harbor Elementary to work their first job, deposit their first paycheck and learn what it looks and feels like to have a job. Where else can you do that as a fifth-grader?

This month marks 30 years of Enterprise Village, a Pinellas Education Foundation program meant to mirror the workings of the country’s free enterprise system. More than 400,000 students from counties in and around Tampa Bay have visited in that time, taking with them memories of a unique, hands-on experience that is hard to find anywhere else. READ STORY