JA in a Day: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch @ St Clair Evans Academy

April 10, 2015 | Saint Clair Evans Academy

Nineteen Bank of America/Merrill Lynch volunteers taught Junior Achievement curriculum to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, for a total of 388 students impacted!

TiNika Crimes 3rd_2

TiNika Crimes taught JA Our City to 3rd grade, introducing students to zoning and the importance of money to a city.

Brittany Riordan_3rd_2

JA Our City lets students build their own cities – complete with stand-up cardboard buildings they decorate and place on a giant floor map, in the correct zone.

Jessica 1st

In Junior Achievement’s 1st grade program, JA Our Families, one activity has 1st graders think about and write down what they need and want, and distinguish between the two.

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Jessica helps a students categorize whether his video games are a need or a want.

The contents of the volunteer's program kit for JA Our Families.

The contents of a program kit for JA Our Families.

Anthony Neufville 2nd

Volunteer Anthony Neufille taught JA Our Community, Junior Achievement’s 2nd grade program.

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Bank of America/Merrill Lynch volunteer Brittany Riordan taught 3rd graders about the role of taxes in a city.

Patrick-Henry Agustin 4th

Patrick-Henry Agustin taught Junior Achievement’s 4th grade program, JA Our Region. He showed students how resources are combined to create goods and services.

Brandon Haye 2nd_2

Brandon Haye taught JA Our Community to Ms. Snipes’ 2nd grade class, in which students developed a sense of career awareness and learned how all jobs help a community.

Brandon Haye 2nd

During lesson two of JA Our Community, “Sweet ‘O’ Donuts”, students learn about production, goods and services when they make paper donuts in their donut shop. Brandon went the extra mile and brought real donuts for his students during the activity.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Franks

Amy Franks

Merrill Lynch Volunteer Coordinator and Classroom Volunteer

Enthusiastic is one way to describe Amy Franks, volunteer coordinator for Merrill Lynch. She has been involved with Junior Achievement for 1 ½ years and is the reason many Merrill Lynch employees sign up to teach JA classes.

Amy works hard to get volunteers together to teach “JA in a Day” and also recruits for winter and spring teaching sessions. Lately she has been assisting Steve Avera, a Director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch who is on JA’s Board of Directors, with setting up teams for Junior Achievement’s upcoming Bowl-A-Thon.

When asked how she gets so many people involved, Amy replied, “It’s actually very easy!” Her company’s daily email to employees helps get the message across: “Ten people have already signed up this morning to an email that went out yesterday,” she said.

Repeat volunteers are another resource. “They love the gratitude you get and the reward from volunteering…I ask them to tell a friend about getting involved.”

But coordinating volunteers to teach Junior Achievement is only one side of the coin. Amy is a JA volunteer herself, most recently volunteering for “JA in a Day” at Kings Trail Elementary where she taught JA Our Community to a second grade class. “I loved it. I was so surprised at how fast my kids learned because I had to go through the material kind of quick [due to time]…They all wrote me nice letters to take home; it was really sweet.”

According to Rita Story, JA program director, Amy deserves recognition not only for her volunteer service but also for the level of enthusiasm that she brings to the program. “I am very grateful for the time and talent she contributes,” Rita said.

Amy recalled some of her past volunteers have been invited by teachers to school luncheons and kids have made books for them. “Things like that show you really do make a difference.”

Amy, third from left, with fellow Merrill Lynch colleagues during "JA in a Day" at Kings Trail Elementary.

Amy, second from right, with Merrill Lynch colleagues during “JA in a Day” at Kings Trail Elementary.

All smiles after teaching a second grade class.

All smiles after teaching a second grade class.

Do you have enthusiasm like Amy to make a difference in children’s lives? Contact Tiffany Mackey at 904-398-9944 ext. 230 or email tiffany@jajax.com to learn how you can become involved!

JA Day with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Group

Brian Rowe (left) and Ryan Rech, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management professionals, teach lessons in personal finance for “JA Day.”

Brian Rowe (left) and Ryan Rech, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management professionals, teach lessons in personal finance for “JA Day.”

Students at Mandarin High School benefitted from the professional expertise of volunteers who taught lessons on budgeting, saving, and investing as part of Junior Achievement’s JA Day held February 26. Seven volunteers from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management taught JA Personal Finance to Mandarin High’s 11th graders. In addition, Mandarin area professionals Steve Gallagher, Rebecca Taus, and Max Zahn discussed career options with the students as part of the JA Career Readiness program.
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