Junior Achievement Students Hatch Entrepreneurship
Author: Hannah Henry
Published: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018
Susan Hunter Wallace, a first time Junior Achievement volunteer, taught "JA Our Community" and received more than just a few raised hands. As she and the students grew through the JA lesson, the second-graders were inspired to share their project with her.
The second graders at Clinton Elementary were trying their hand at entrepreneurship through hatching chickens. Unfortunately, their progress came to a stop when the chickens were ready to find their forever homes, but no one was available to adopt them.
It was in that moment that Susan realized what she had to do. The volunteer offered to take the chicks to her farm for to join her other chickens. By doing this, she not only adopted some homeless chicks, she also encouraged her students to continue their entrepreneurial journey.
Reflecting on her experience, with every egg she collects from the chickens it makes the time she gave to the second-grade classroom invaluable. "Time that I can give is very worth it." She said. "Students need to know about opportunities in the community so that they can become successful."
Her positive experience as a volunteer was shared throughout the community, which enticed three additional volunteers to teach. These additional volunteers gave JA the ability to share entrepreneurial, work readiness and financial literacy lessons to an entire grade level.
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Amy Kneesey, Vice Chairman of the Brevard County School Board
"It’s a way to expand our curriculum without having to put out more resources. That’s a win for everyone."
Beth Westfall, Assistant Principal West Side Elementary School
"JA is relevant to my school, more so now than ever."
Hilah R. Mercer, Principal Cambridge Elementary Magnet School
"Junior Achievement is an outstanding, motivating program for our elementary students. Several of [our teachers] had JA volunteers last year and all had great praise for the program"
Michael Johnson, PhD, UCF Professor, College of Education
"I have long believed that this JA experience is so valuable for our UCF students and that actually it is a rare win for all experience, the UCF students, the school teachers, the school students, the UCF Education Profs, and the JA sponsors."
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