Junior Achievement

| November 22, 2017

JA-LogoJunior Achievement in a Day debuted at the Canton Intermediate School on Friday, November 17th.  The JA in a Day® program was a first for the Canton Public Schools at the elementary level. With the help of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement staff were able to recruit seventeen volunteers to teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes. Six Chamber member businesses were involved. Teaching the 4th grade program – JA Our Region® – were Kristin Oswald of Planning Partners, Rachel Baugher of Utility Analysts, Jane Williams of Northwestern CT Community College with Dennis Noel of SCORE, Joe Voelker of Union Savings Bank, and Gary Miller, Executive Director, Canton Chamber of Commerce. Collinsville Savings Society staff teaching in the 5th grade program – JA Our Nation® – were Anthony Smedivk and Joceline Levesque.CSS-Anthony-Joceline-JADAY

The volunteers were trained on November 2nd and received their classroom materials for the five lessons that were taught between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17th.  At the start of JA in a Day, the volunteers were greeted by JA staff, Sumayya Ayoub, Senior Education Manager, and Mario Chiappetti, Director of Education and Volunteer Engagement, in the school cafeteria for a continental breakfast. Superintendent of Schools, Kevin Case, welcomed the volunteers to the Canton Intermediate School and thanked everyone for participating. Mr. Case, a former sixth grade teacher in the 1990’s, would also be teaching a sixth-grade class. During the breakfast period, many of the volunteers expressed anxiety over performing in front of 19-20 4th through 6th grade students.

Following the first three teaching periods, volunteers were treated to lunch in the Faculty Lounge while their students had lunch and recess. Despite their initial trepidations, the volunteers were quite pleased with their teaching performance, and were looking forward to completing the final two lessons. At the end of the day, volunteers could be seen leaving the school with large smiles from an enjoyable day interacting with the students at the Canton Intermediate School.

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