The JA Classroom of the Week is Katie Bloomfield’s 1st grade class at Briarwood Elementary. Her class was led by JA Volunteer Katie Beard who is a Wealth Administrator at WealthSouth. The 1st grade Junior Achievement program is titled “JA Our Families” and it focuses on explaining 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. Katie’s favorite part of volunteering for JA is, “being able to experience the joy of teaching students about business in the real world and how to make their ideas come to life. Their attitudes completely change and they light up when they have a community volunteer in the classroom. Being able to experience that “AH-HA” moment with them when they understand a concept is priceless.” She also said, “Junior Achievement is one of my favorite things I am involved in within our community. Volunteering in our schools helps to enrich the lives of children in South Central Kentucky and in return, those experiences are the ones that give me the most fulfillment. The Junior Achievement programming and curriculum is critical to students today because they are teaching the skills that often aren’t taught at home or in the classroom anymore—and we are able to do so in a fun and interactive way.” Katie has been on the Junior Achievement Board of Directors and has volunteered in the classroom for 5 years and is fully committed to the success of Junior Achievement and its mission.
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky served 6 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 more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. For more information on Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky please visit www.jaforkids.com.