Rotary-Sponsored High School Jobs Initiative

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On April 11, Mandarin High students from the JROTC program, Rotary-sponsored Interact Club, and leadership students taught Junior Achievement programs to first and second grades at Loretto Elementary.These select students went through an interview process and training before they were given their “job” of teaching a JA program to elementary students.

The Rotary-sponsored initiative provides participating high school students with job experience and the opportunity to develop presentation and time management skills. Students are also evaluated on their “job” performance and receive a stipend upon completion.

“It does wonders for their self-esteem,” said Scott Price, English Department Chairman and Interact sponsor at Mandarin High School. “Everywhere they go [at the school] people are appreciative of them. Plus, they have a room full of kids smiling at them.”

Kayden Rose, 10th grade, said, “I learned how to prepare for job interviews, financial planning…I definitely think I’ll use that later on.”

On her experience teaching second grade students, Kayden Rose remarked, “My new inspirations are my first and second grade teachers. I’ve learned what they go through teaching this age group!”

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