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Junior Achievement kicks off volunteer, fund drive

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By The Staff

PERRY COUNTY - Do you want an opportunity to impact the workforce of tomorrow? Well, now's your chance - by supporting Junior Achievement in Perry County.

During the 2007-08 school year, Perry County Junior Achievement programs impacted 548 local students in 24 area classrooms.

Because of the generous volunteer and financial support from community businesses and individuals, $14,550 was raised and 24 business professionals served as volunteers to ensure all third- through eighth-grade and some high-school students received JA programs for the Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township school districts.

With the current school year already in session, the PCJA Advisory Board has established its program and financial goals for the current year.

Again, the advisory board hopes to financially and voluntarily support JA programs to reach approximately 675 students in an estimated 30 classrooms.

To provide adequate monetary support for all JA programs this school year, the advisory board has officially launched its fund drive to meet this year's fundraising goal, which will again be $14,500.

According to Kelly Malone, chair for the local advisory board, "Junior Achievement programs could not have the profound impact they have on young people in Perry County without the support of volunteers and financial contributions from the business community."

To make a donation to support Perry County programs, send your tax-deductible gift to Junior Achievement, in care of Eric Kehl, First State Bank, P.O. Box 248, Tell City, IN 47586.

JA has also begun recruiting volunteers to teach JA programs in the classrooms. Volunteers include individuals such as business professionals, parents, retirees and college students.

JA provides all volunteers with the materials needed for the classroom as well as an orientation session on how to use them.

Perry Central and Tell City junior-high schools will host the JA Economics for Success Program in all eighth-grade classrooms during the fall semester.

Students will have an opportunity to explore personal finance and education and career options based on their skills, interests and values.

Perry Central and William Tell elementary schools will participate in the Our City Program during the spring semester for all third-grade students.

In this program, students study careers, the skills people need to work in those careers and how businesses contribute to a city.

Various high-school programs will also be offered throughout the school year offering students a real-world perspective on work force development, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Cheri Taylor, PCJA coordinator, at 547-2385 or perrychamber@psci.net.

Volunteers can also contact the district JA office at (270) 684-7291 or japrograms@ omuonline.net.

Volunteer information and applications are also available through http://westernky.ja. org.