Six Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) employees entered the halls of Rice Lake Elementary School to inspire the minds of students through the Junior Achievement program.
Junior Achievement is an organization dedicated to giving elementary, middle school and high school students the tools and skills to obtain economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. The elementary school programs offer K-5 students lessons on business and economics, and how education is relevant to the workforce.
A room of excited first graders in Mrs. McDonald’s class welcomed MSB employees Julie Kresh, service learning coordinator, and Meghan Hathaway, community manager. They brought lessons of family, jobs, needs and wants to the students, who were eager to participate and learn.
Two second grade classes learned about financial literacy from MSB volunteers. Mrs. Nelson’s class was introduced to Nicole Etter, career services coordinator, and Patty Horazdovsky, academic coordinator, while Kristine McBride, dean of faculty, and Roshelle Amundson, associate dean, presented to Mrs. Tallender’s class.
Volunteers prepared five lessons provided by Junior Achievement for the classes they were responsible to teach.
According to Kresh, the first grade students were excited to offer examples of jobs they and their family members do to keep up their households. “Students were also pretty enthusiastic about the handouts,” she added, “specifically the stickers that we gave them in order to complete the activities included in our lessons for the day.”
Etter said, “It was nice to see the students so enthusiastic about learning. The [financial literacy] topic is one of importance, and will provide skills they can use for many years to come.”
At the end of the program, the students were excited about what they had learned. “As I was cleaning up, one of the students came up to me and, without saying anything, gave me a hug,” Kresh recalled.