The JA Classroom of the Week is Cathy Maroney’s 4thgrade class at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Summer Fun Camp. Her class was led by JA Volunteer Bethany Smith who is the Academic Coordinator at Western Kentucky University- Educational Talent Search. The 4th grade Junior Achievement program is titled “JA Our Region” and it focuses on introducing students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to track the revenue and expenses of a business. Bethany’s favorite part of volunteering for JA is watching the children get excited when she arrives in their classroom. She also said that, “JA is a fun way to give back to the community! It is fun to watch them get excited about the JA curriculum during each session. Children love to learn about running a business, saving money, different ways they can earn money and career choices. The JA programs provide students with tools that help them learn more about their community, business terms and themselves. The programs give students the opportunity to explore college and career options starting in kindergarten. My own children love JA and I am thankful for the program and what it means to my family.”
About Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JASCKY)
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky served 7 counties and reached over 10,700 students during the 2016-2017 year. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. For more information on Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky please visit www.jaforkids.com.