JA Program Motivates Volunteer, Supplements Student Learning

A member of the board of directors and volunteer for Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky was inspired after teaching a JA program because of how "spot on" the curriculum was to what the students were learning in school. Volunteering with Junior Achievement helped bring the JA experience to more schools and students, and left the volunteer feeling proud, energized and hopeful about a better future for young people.The board member, Stacey Biggs, Chief Marketing Officer for Western Kentucky University, was teaching a 5th grade class the JA?Our Nation? program at Plano Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As part of the students? annual Economics Fair, the students had the chance to become entrepreneurs. For their business, they made jewelry out of beads and sold the jewelry at school. The students created advertisements to promote their merchandise and placed them around school. They were excited and encouraged by their products and the possibility of making a profit.Biggs said that the students were familiar with terms like entrepreneurship, scarcity and opportunity cost, but she was impressed when they were able to give examples of these key terms based on their business. She was duly impressed by the timeliness and relevance of the JA program to the students. Seeing the students put the JA curriculum into practical use made teaching the class even more fun, Biggs said.

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