Joey: Arrested in Ft. Lauderdale

My seven year old son was given a ticket today by a cop shorter than he is. Being Joey, he refused the ticket, then resisted arrest. Once caught he was taken to court. The judge demanded he get a job. At that, Joey cheered and ran straight to the Police Station for training. My niece on the other hand walked off her job as a surgeon and didn’t want to work.

100_0497 Joey worked. He was employed as a police officer (several times), a baker, a pizza maker, an archeologist, and even as a male model. He earned more than $300 in one day and spent it well playing games and riding rides. Zoe wanted to shop and have her nails done, but was broke. She finally understood the only way to have fun was to get a job. She found a job as a model, but found out nursing paid more. Boys and girls, there’s more money in sciences! The kids had to work and learn job skills before they could play. As of right now, his favorite job is the police officer. He was disappointed though because there was no station to teach him how to be Monk. They had to open a bank account and they got a debit card with pin.

Thanks to Karen of the South Florida DEN I got to meet some wonderful potential new DEN members and even got to catch up with Lee Kolbert at a great event in Wanna Do City100_0479 Karen shared with us ideas on how to use unitedstreaming to meet Florida standards in careers in any subject you teach. The park that it was held at was so refreshingly different from the other amusement parks too.

To continue this experience, Joey and I are going to check out Cosmeo and unitedstreaming for videos on careers. Joey wants to do a show and tell project for his teacher on the place. He even saved a "wonga buck" to show the classmates. We’ll share this project when we’re finished.


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  1. Tom Turner said:

    Sounds like a GREaT time….I just wish I could have gotten the day off and made it down there…but the golf course said no 🙁

  2. Nathan Guteras said:

    Great to see that the family learned new things about suply and demand. I was worndering if “Enterprise Village” in Pineallas is still operational? It has a similar purpose economics in a micro community. On a smaller scale the area “Explorations” children’s museums also have some hands on activities. Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland, an annual event, is also full of science for children.
    I am off to begin week four.

  3. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Enterprise Village is alive and well in Pinellas County. My third grade teacher, Keith Gall is in charge of the program.

    It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time. I am glad that Joey learned his lesson after being arrested!

  4. Lee Kolbert said:

    What a fun day it was! I was totally impressed with Wannado City. Thanks for coming down, Danielle! It is always terrific to catch up with you!

  5. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Sounds like everyone had a great time – I am so jealous! Glad to hear Joey didn’t spend too much time in jail.

  6. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Hey Lee, it was a great event. Oh, and I checked out your fantastic blog!

    Cheryl, the jail was fun – they could break out! He wanted to be arrested – just as much as he wanted to arrest! But he enjoyed earning the money and understood that to play he had to work. Wish the lesson carried well to home life – but no transferrance what so ever. He’s so spoiled.

  7. Michele Futch said:

    I knew the cops were going to catch up with Joey, sooner or later! (LOL)

    What a great educational experience for Joey and Zoe! You are introducing them to some phenomenal learning events and activities. I can’t think of a better way to help them understand the business world and “real world” situations!!!

    Kudos to you and the S. Florida DEN team for such a fabulous educational experience! I hate that I missed it. Now, I wanna do “Wanna Do.” Maybe we can do it again some time or try out what Pinellas County has to offer?

  8. Sue Hannan said:

    Danielle, thanks for sharing with North Florida…what we have to offer in South Florida. Wannado City is an amazing place. Looking forward to taking my third graders on a field trip after the big “F” test.

  9. Brook Peabody said:

    I’m sure it was a fun time. Kids are always fun, you never know what will happen. Is there a similar place near Orlando? Maybe we could have a DEN event with children at a similar place for our area.

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