Enthusiastic Bank of America-Merrill Lynch volunteers take over Kings Trail Elementary

On May 28, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch sent 47 volunteers into the classrooms at Kings Trail Elementary for JA in a Day.

“My favorite part was when we were learning about the stock market,” said one 5th grader’s thank you note to volunteers Tory Mason and Joel Foneseca. Some students’ eyes might glaze over at the mention of anything finance, however, statements like these are typical of Junior Achievement students – all thanks to the volunteer’s enthusiasm in bringing these financial concepts to life.

Tory Mason and Joel Foneseca co-taught a 5th grade class.

Tory Mason and Joel Foneseca co-taught a 5th grade class.

“A lot of managers are taking time out of their day today,” said Supervisor Halley McKenzie. Halley coordinated all of the volunteers for JA in a Day and calls the teaching experience “very rewarding.”

Volunteer Sarah Champagne, a client service representative, went to school for an education degree and saw this day as a great opportunity to get back into the classroom. “The kids always surprise you,” Sarah said. “I always feel like a rock star walking into the class. They wrote me the sweetest thank you notes.”

For fifth grade teacher Ms. MacReynolds, it’s a day she and her students look forward to. “It’s a real-life lesson for them…as a past business owner, it’s a good introduction to those concepts.”

Divisional Sales Manager Kyle Schlaich had Junior Achievement back when he was in school and this JA in a Day was his second time volunteering here in Jacksonville. “Junior Achievement is what introduced me to financial markets,” Kyle recalled “It’s what got me interested in finance.”

Walking the halls and hearing the excitement coming out of each classroom, it is evident these volunteers made an impact on the students of Kings Trail Elementary – and had a fun time doing it, too.




View more photos from the day on JA of North Florida’s Facebook page.

If your company is interested in setting up a JA in a Day for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, please contact Tiffany Mackey at tiffany@jajax.com; 904-398-9944 ext.230.

To learn more about JA in a Day, please click here to visit our website.


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