State Farm and JA inspire students at Pine Forest Elementary

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State Farm Insurance Company employees gathered at Pine Forest Elementary to teach JA in a Day on April 30, 2013. Sixteen volunteers taught students in kindergarten through third grade about financial responsibility and money concepts. State Farm’s “Good Neighbear” mascot made a surprise appearance to many kindergarten and first grader’s delight.

Charise Adams, State Farm Catastrophe Claims Representative, has volunteered for JA in the past and was excited to teach third graders at Pine Forest. “I love the interaction with the children and their willingness to learn something new,” Adams exclaimed.

Volunteers like Adams are the heartbeat of Junior Achievement—they bring their knowledge and professionalism into the classroom to help kids understand the skills needed for future success.

“State Farm and other large companies who adopt entire schools are very
important to Junior Achievement,” said Rita Story, Junior Achievement Program Director.“State Farm has been providing this program to the students at Pine Forest Elementary each year for the past five years. It is a relationship that we hope will continue for many years to come.”

About JA Days
JA in a Day is a special Junior Achievement delivery method that facilitates the partnership between a business and a school. During JA in a Day, the JA school program is accelerated to be covered in the course of one day during the school week. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all five JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate. Normally, this process would take five weeks to complete.

About Junior Achievement
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. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and during the 2011-2012 school year reached 27,883 students through in-school partnerships with educators.

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