Coca-Cola impacts Jacksonville youth with financial literacy lessons


“Wow.” That was Kathy Brown’s initial response when asked what she thought of her first “JA in a Day” experience. Kathy (pictured above) is a bulk driver for Coca-Cola and taught the 3rd grade program JA Our City as part of Coca-Cola’s “JA in a Day” at S.P. Livingston Elementary on May 15.

“It was not what I was expecting,” Kathy continued. “I’m surprised at how involved the kids were. They seemed very interested and engaged with what I was teaching them.”

The volunteers spent an entire school day in S.P. Livingston’s kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms, bringing Junior Achievement’s hands-on programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to life.

“It’s been great. The kids were very excited,” said Edward Miller, Coca-Cola district sales manager. He taught JA Ourselves to a kindergarten class, using stories and activities to teach students about helping, working, earning and saving money. “I was very nervous first thing this morning. But once I started reading to them and knew that the teacher was there to help out if needed, I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely something I want to do again.”

In total, 11 Coca-Cola volunteers, one volunteer from PwC and one volunteer from the Duval County Schools District Office impacted close to 400 students on this day!

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To view more photos from the day, please visit our Facebook page. To learn more about Junior Achievement and getting involved, please click here to visit our website.


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