Freedom Interiors Furnishes Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City
July 27, 2021
Kansas City Opens Space to Ignite Creativity
The beautiful 20,000 square foot area celebrated its grand opening on June 10, 2021. Children of all ages are using Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City to learn through age appropriate, innovation and experience.
You can expect to step into a clean, modern lobby fitted with a collaboration area, kitchen/bar lounge space, and seating for at least ten. To the right of the lobby is a clean, minimalist conference room fitted with an extra-long conference table, 20 chairs, and an office easel.
The staff collaborates through an open concept workstation with low rise, green office partitions, office task seating and height-adjustable tables. Individual private offices for the administration are enclosed in glass for a transparent, yet private feel.
Educational Furniture Fosters Innovation
Middle school and high school students are host to a number of guest speakers from various job avenues, each bringing something different to their large, open concept conference rooms housed with seating for 72 and 18 moveable student tables.
The real magic begins when you enter the Community America Learning Lab. The bright Instagram worthy wall is where an estimated 10,000 students will be dropped off to have their picture taken next to Super Bowl champion and MVP, Patrick Mahomes, a life sized cut out of course.
Students enter the scaled down Kansas City shopping district complete with Kansas City based businesses including Price Chopper, Hallmark, JE Dunn, and even a City Hall. Students elect a mayor for their faux-town through an election held the day of their trip.
Prior to arrival, students complete 12 curriculum lessons to teach them about running a business, taxes, spending, and budgeting. Students apply for positions at each of the companies represented, where they are hired to complete various tasks. Each company has a CFO, CEO and everyday employees to run the business. Students are paid wages for their work; given a paycheck that truly reflects taxes being taken out. Students take their paycheck to the local bank where they are given a faux debit card with funds to either buy products from other locations or food at the ‘local’ food court.
The food court was decked out in lounge seating and cafeteria style tables. The courtyard of the town was home to acoustic kites, which were created from recycle plastic bottles that were ground up into a fiber and reused to create these sound barriers.
“We appreciate everything Freedom did to make our furniture dreams come true,” CEO Megan Sturges Stanfield said.