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Junior achievement of eastern Iowa grant

March 11, 2018
Reinbeck Courier

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA- the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) has awarded Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa (JAEI) with a $20,876 grant to support work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy educational programming in Eastern Iowa. The grant will provide 609 elementary students in kindergarten through third grade with the volunteers and materials needed for a valuable education using several Junior Achievement programs such as the JA Ourselves, JA Our Families,

JA Our Community and JA Our City programs.

"UICCU is proud to support Junior Achievement as we realize how crucial it is for our youth to understand the basics of financial literacy and be fully prepared to enter the workforce," said Tara Wachendorf, Executive Assistant/ Public Relations Specialist of UICCU. "As a Board member and classroom volunteer, I also see how excited the children are when we come into their classrooms to teach. It makes everything worthwhile and it's a great feeling to see the impact first-hand!"

Junior Achievement's financial literacy and economic programs begin as early as elementary school and teach students the basic concepts of business, economics, finance, and the importance of money in a community. The JA Ourselves program introduces kindergarten students to personal economics and teaches them about the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. Students also learn about the important role of money in society, and how to earn, save, and share it. First grade students who participate in the JA Our Families program learn about how the work people do contributes to the economy and how families earn money to pay for the goods and services they use. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families.

Second grade students are placed in the JA Our Community program that provides rigorous hands-on activities for students to engage in. Students explore unit and assembly production through Sweet O' Donuts. They also learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. The activities demonstrate how citizens contribute to their communities and the economic benefits they gain from their work.

The JA Our City program introduces third grade students to the different ways people pay for goods and services as well as the contributions financial institutions and businesses make to a city that helps people achieve their economic goals.

The gift from UICCU will help Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa purchase all of the materials that volunteers will need to educate 609 elementary students in Eastern Iowa. Each kit includes lesson guides, handouts, posters, and games needed to actively engage students in the programs.



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