Junior Achievement

by | May 31, 2005 | Weekly Column

For the fourth year in a row employees of Kahler Financial Group have taken to the classrooms of local schools to facilitate the Junior Achievement program.

This program brings the principles of money, economics, and business into the classroom. This year, 150 local volunteers from the business community spent a total of five sessions each instructing their assigned classes. Each grade level has its own curriculum and there are programs for K-12 that build from year to year on one another.

Again, I had the honor of teaching at Children’s House Montessori School, where my daughter attends. London was pretty excited that her dad was going to teach her class again! London and all her classmates learned how communities help one another by providing jobs and paying taxes.

Teach just one JA class and you’ll be hooked. Not only is the real payoff being in the classroom with the kids; JA’s support of their volunteers and the quality of their materials is first rate. Not surprisingly, the cost of the program is relatively expensive. It costs JA over $500 per classroom to provide the education.

I know we all get hit for worthy causes every day, but I can honestly say that if you believe in the free-enterprise system, you will be impressed with the Junior Achievement program and find it to be a cause worthy of your support.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or a supporter, call Carol Borchard, Black Hills Manager of Junior Achievement of South Dakota, Inc., 605-718-9952.

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