DeSales Junior Achievement Program Helps Teach Middle School Students About Finance
For the past two years, students from DeSales University have participated in the Junior Achievement program and used hands-on experiences to help students from kindergarten to twelfth grade understand economics and finance. Presently, the program has nine members who go to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, in Allentown, to offer their assistance.
The main focus of Junior Achievement is to get students involved in everyday business concepts from an early age. With the help of DeSales students, the grade school students learn about government, taxes, balancing a checkbook, writing a newspaper article, among other things they will soon encounter.
Dr. Christopher Cocozza, assistant professor of business at DeSales, was instrumental in starting the Junior Achievement program at DeSales. According to Cocozza, the Junior Achievement program is a true example of the DeSales mission because it reaches out to the community and helps young minds learn the importance of finance and economics.
Cocozza invited a speaker from Junior Achievement to address one of his classes about the program and try to get students involved in the program. At first only a couple students expressed an interest, but more volunteered, when they heard from their classmates that working with the middle school children was such a positive experience.
Nicole Sutton, a senior accounting major from Dallas, Pa., has participated in the program for the past two years. She has worked mainly with mainly with second and third graders, teaching them about taxes. She assigned each a "job" in the community, either at a business or with the government, and paid them for each "day" they worked. Sutton's job was to be a tax collector and collect money from their pay. She showed them taxes are spent to help the community, for things like road repairs.
"The Junior Achievement program is one of the most rewarding experiences for me," said Sutton. "I really enjoy teaching the middle school students and helping them learn some basic, useful information. It gives them a hint about real life."
Junior Achievement is the collaborative efforts of are volunteers, educators, parents, and contributors who reach out to 4 million students each year, in grades K-12. Junior Achievement is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization sponsored by corporate and individual contributors.
Press Release: DeSales Junior Achievement Program Helps Teach Middle School Students About Finance | Posted on: 4/11/2005
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