Meghan Cole’s 1st grade class

The JA Classroom of the Week is Meghan Cole’s 1st grade class at Warren Elementary School. Her class was led by JA Volunteer Nikki Hawkins who is a Business Affairs Specialist at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College. The 1st grade Junior Achievement program is titled “JA Our Families” and it focuses on how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. When asked what was her favorite part of volunteering for JA, Nikki mentioned the excitement on the kid’s faces. “To know that they enjoy you being there means a lot. The kids were so sweet and I hated leaving them at the end of the sessions.” She also said, “I would encourage others to volunteer their time to teach a class. It is a rewarding experience to see the excitement kids have when a visitor arrives in the classroom. My hope is that they learned something and that I made their day just as they made mine.”
About Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JASCKY)
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky served 9 counties and reached over 12,300 students during the 2017-2018 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