For the past eight years, on a Friday in May, all schools in the Globe Education Network (GEN) close their doors to head out into the community for a day of volunteering. Campuses choose which organization they would like to work with based on community need. For the third year in a row, Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus chose to volunteer with an organization that truly believes in preparing students to become good citizens, workers, and consumers in our global economy.
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s (JA) mission matches perfectly with GEN’s Community Service Day focus of “building communities through education.” Using the curriculum created by JA, community members have the opportunity to teach students in kindergarten through twelfth grade about the importance of business, economics, and education as well as why these concepts are relevant in the workplace.
Nineteen staff and faculty members from MSB-Brooklyn Center worked with close to 250 kindergarten, first grade, and third grade students from Meadow Lake Elementary in New Hope on Community Service Day. Kindergarten students learned about “Ourselves,” first grade students learned about “Our Family,” and third grade students learned about “Our City.” The volunteers from MSB-BC taught five back-to-back lessons, which are made-up of a small lecture followed by an activity that reinforces the information.
Momoh Dudu, business program chair, said, “The JA event truly was an exemplary show of teamwork, selflessness, and commitment to community service that is the hallmark of our Brooklyn Center campus. I am thrilled to have been a part of such outreach effort. I cannot think of a better way to build superb working relationships among our staff while at the same time making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. I look forward to many more opportunities to participate in the future.”
Joseph Vanasse, criminal justice program chair, commented, “I have a newfound appreciation for the life of a first grade teacher. The ability to engage a class full of 7- and 8-year-olds is a skill too many people take for granted. College instructors have it easy comparatively speaking. It was a great experience, and I will look forward to doing it again next year.”
Thank you to Meadow Lake Elementary for allowing us to work with your students. We truly enjoyed it! For more information on volunteering with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, click here.