Junior Achievement in a Day; Excitement at Warren Primary Center

South Bend, IN – On Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 8:25 a.m. and continuing until 12:20 p.m., 34 employees of 1st Source Bank will bring Junior Achievement activities to 358 K-4th grade students at Warren Primary Center, located at 55400 Quince Road, South Bend.
The school-wide JA in a Day is a unique one-day focus in every classroom. This increases student excitement and enhances their learning and retention as hands-on activities immediately build upon one another.
1st Source Bank employees will read stories about earning and saving money with kindergarten children, they will help 1st grade students map out a community filled with businesses and jobs, and they will engage 2nd grade students in production activities in the Sweet “O” Donut shop. In 3rd grade classrooms 1st Source employees will mentor students as they build a 3-D city, while in 4th grade classrooms the activities will demonstrate business profit and loss.
“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 is 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.
“We are excited about the opportunity to combine our operations and increase the JA programs we offer in Michiana’s pre-kindergarten through high school classrooms,” says Shawn Todd, Board Chair, JA serving Michiana. “Educators have expressed a desire to add more JA programs in their elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Combining our JA operations enables us to respond to their requests, and community leaders and businesses are already pledging their support of time and funding. The result will be more young people able to experience JA’s economic education, workforce readiness, and financial literacy programs.”
A local Board of Directors continues to guide JA serving Michiana through an effective organizational structure that blends a centralized and decentralized approach to take advantage of the benefits of each.

This year, Junior Achievement serving Michiana will reach more than 6,500 pre-kindergarten through high school students, including nearly 1,400 in South Bend. With the support of hundreds of educators and positive adult role models who volunteer their time, Junior Achievement’s economic education programs focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. These experiences empower young people to own their future economic success.
Media contact: Angie Dvorak, (574) 235-2000 


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