June 28, 2012
My first experience with Junior Achievement began when I was only 8 years old. I remember the class was buzzing with excitement over the “special guest” that was coming in to talk with us. When the J.A. volunteer began to teach us about the benefits of assembly line production, however, the atmosphere of the classroom seemed to shift from giddy exuberance to a more focused learning environment; my classmates and I were all fascinated by each activity and eagerly participated. Seven years later I find myself on the other side of the desk, now teaching my own group of second graders as a J.A. Volunteer. The program I taught the children, “Our Community”, emphasized the opportunities and responsibilities in a community -and even had an assembly line activity!! Like my old classmates and I, they all participated enthusiastically, some of them raising their hands before I even finished asking the question. The true impact I had had on the students, though, did not become clearly apparent to me until the end of the day when students who had been strangers to me just a few hours before were rushing up to give me hugs and thank me for bringing J.A. to their classroom. Through that simple gesture, the students taught me something: no matter what your age or which side of the desk you’re on, Junior Achievement’s programs have a lot to offer and are a ton of fun too!
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