“We are excited to receive this grant in support of our elementary school programs,” said Joyce Richards, president of JAAZ. “These funds allowed us to reach more than 15 classrooms with critical education in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.”
In addition to providing funding, volunteers from Sam’s Club participated in classroom programs.
“Our associates enjoy partnering with Junior Achievement of Arizona to deliver these programs to students,” said Tina Beatty, Market Sales Manager. “They are excited to offer this valuable educational opportunity to young people in the community.”
JA of Arizona will use the grant to provide programs to over 1200 students at Granada East School in Phoenix. Over 98% of the students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program.
“Sam's Club employees have won our teachers’ and students’ hearts by bringing the Junior Achievement curriculum to our school,” said Sandy Kennedy, principal of Granada East School. “Our goal is to prepare our students with a mindset for college and a vision for their future. This experience helps them to see their education has a purpose”
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About Junior Achievement of Arizona
Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Junior Achievement of Arizona reached nearly 83,000 students during the 2010-2011 school year. For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, please call 480-377-8500 or visit www.jaaz.org.
About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
About the Sam’s Club Giving Program
Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. Through cash and in-kind donations, as well as the dedication of associates, Sam’s Club is committed to making an impact in areas that align with the company, and with the passions and interests of members. In 2011, the Sam’s Club Giving Program made cash and in-kind contributions of more than $101 million, which included donating more than 38 million meals.