After a few-year hiatus, Junior Achievement is back in Crookston. The program dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs is gearing up for a return to second through sixth grade classrooms at Highland Elementary School.
This program helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs, which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
This initiative is collaboration between the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, University of Minnesota, Crookston, and RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Lisa Metzger, senior district manager for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, was at Highland Wednesday to provide the training to teachers and the 28 volunteers that will be presenting the curriculum to the elementary students.
Volunteers will be going into the classrooms five times during the months of February and March.