March 11, 2020
Last month, HRCU and Junior Achievement (JA) “took over” School Street School in Rochester, N.H for a program called “JA in a Day”. Instead of a regular school day, HRCU volunteers taught important financial lessons to 80 students in their classroom.
JA is a national organization whose purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. This is done through a variety of hands-on financial education activities designed with grade level in mind. Some of these activities included learning about jobs, how taxes work, saving money, business ideas, and more.
“We had a blast volunteering at School St. School and teaching kids how finances are involved in everyday life. They were so eager to learn. The course material was structured perfectly for each grade level and the kids were able to easily follow along,” said Cristina Nasuti, Assistant Branch Manager for HRCU.
As a responsible, community focused organization, HRCU is committed to providing financial education to schools in the surrounding communities. So far in the 2019-2020 school year, HRCU’s Financial Education Department has provided 39 JA classes to over 730 students in the Strafford County.
“The Junior Achievement program provided by HRCU was a wonderful experience for our students. I was impressed with how much the students learned and how well they were able to make connections to the information. The activities were appropriate for my students and very engaging. I feel that it was helpful for students to make connections between what they are doing now and how that will affect their future. It was a great message and a wonderful overall experience!” said Meredith Tansey, Second-Grade teacher at School St. School.
“I liked Junior Achievement because the games were fun. I learned a lot about profit or loss,” said a Fourth-Grade School St. School student who completed the JA Our Region class.
Financial wellness is an important initiative for HRCU and through their financial education outreach, students will learn positive saving and spending habits that will prepare them to be financially successful adults.