The third Friday in May might not signify anything out of the ordinary for most. For employees at the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus, it represents a day dedicated to giving back to the community.
Twenty employees, staff and instructors worked with the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) as part of our college’s annual Community Service Day. Staff members worked with first through fourth grade classes at the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, Minn., to teach several lessons on family, community, city and region.
“We were exhausted at the end of the day, but it was a great experience,” Campus Director Adam Schefers said. “We had a lot of great feedback from teachers, and the students really seemed to love it!”
JAUM relies on volunteers from all walks of life to deliver age-specific programming. Each year, more than 7,500 volunteers give their time and expertise to prepare students for future success. The day is eagerly anticipated by all students.
“The students seemed to be learning a lot from the lessons, and they were very excited throughout the day,” Community Manager Matt Marek said. “I had multiple students tell me JA Day is their favorite day of the school year.”
JAUM programs are taught in more than 650 schools throughout the Upper Midwest. During the 2011-12 school year, more than 136,000 students experienced JA programming. JAUM strives to provide innovative, fundamental learning opportunities for students in grades K-12, preparing them for a lifetime of success.
“The success of JA depends on the involvement of community members who want to help make a difference in the life of a child,” JAUM Program Manager Shelle Baker said.