1st Source Bank recently participated in Junior Achievement's "JA in a Day" to bring financial education to 358 students at Warren Primary Center in South Bend. Thirty-four bank employees engaged the students in activities ranging from reading stories about earning and saving money to the kindergarten classes to demonstrating business profit and loss through activities in the fourth grade classrooms.
“Our team at 1st Source has always believed in straight talk and sound advice and they are proud to partner with JA to share their life and business experiences with children,” said Christopher J. Murphy III, 1st Source Chairman and CEO. “1st Source has been a strong supporter of JA over the years because the programs are proven to help young people understand economic concepts and prepare for a successful future. We have funded and applaud the expansion of JA within our community in the hope that it will lead to more innovative programs touching all of the children in our community.”
“Teachers welcome JA in their classrooms because the hands-on learning activities engage students and coordinate with the classroom curriculum,” says Dr. Carole Schmidt, Superintendent, South Bend Community School Corporation. “We also value the community volunteers who share JA and their real world experiences with our students.”
JA in a Day is one new opportunity being implemented to increase JA’s hands-on programming for youth in South Bend. It was the kickoff event of the merger of JA of Michiana with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. As a stronger organization, JA serving Michiana can now significantly increase its service to students in St. Joseph County. The goal is to serve an additional 102 classrooms across St. Joseph County with educator-requested JA programming during the 2013-14 school year. As a result, 4,050 pre-kindergarten through high school students in 180 classrooms (a 34% increase) are expected to benefit from JA experiences, with the support of an anticipated 180 educators and 220 adult/parent volunteers.
Photo: Jenny Zimmerman of Junior Achievement of Michiana presents Chris Murphy with 358 gumballs to represent the 358 children impacted at JA in a Day. Dr. Carole Schmidt also pictured.