JA of the Wabash Valley Leaves its Mark in the Terre Haute Community

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it?s the only thing that ever has."?Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead[Image]Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley in Terre Haute, Indiana, has taken Margaret Mead?s words to heart and has been making a big change in its community. Local board member Fredia Haviland shared this story of how the JA area reached out to students and school staff in an encouraging and meaningful way.Local board members and JA Area employees attended the Vigo County School Corporation?s Back-to-School Rally in August 2013, at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Forty-two percent of the high school?s student population is eligible for a free or reduced lunch. Terre Haute North Vigo High school is also a Title I school, meaning it?s a school that receives financial assistance to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state?s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading and writing.[Image]Interim president for JA of the Wabash Valley Peggy Murdock and Sara Arnett, treasurer of the board of directors, provided information on Junior Achievement to more than 2,000 Vigo County School Corporation employees. Local JA board member Doug Schmidt of Staples Distribution Center also donated a laptop for the door prize drawing."We really had a great impact on the Terre Haute Community today," said Fredia. "Dozens of teachers and administrators told us they support the work we do and asked if they could have Junior Achievement in their classrooms for the 2013-14 school year. That is truly the most rewarding part?when the educators ?get it? and understand the value of JA programming for their students."

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