Budding Entrepreneurs: Junior Achievement at Auburn School


Photos submitted Mrs. Kay Belcher’s first grade class, and JA volunteer Pat Offutt from Logan Telephone Cooperative.


Second grade students in Mrs. Chelsea Alexander’s classroom, completing a hands-on JA lesson.


Mrs. Ashley Engler, volunteer from Monticello Banking Company, working with fourth graders Dillin Pursley and Ciera Fuller, in Mrs. Georgia Bryson’s classroom.


Mrs. Dye’s fourth grade class with JA volunteer Tammy Collins.


Sixth graders Evelyn Yell, Will Shoemake, Lance Brown and Makayla Phelps, working with Ms. Amanda Baker from Logan County Chamber of Commerce


Auburn Elementary School has welcomed multiple community partners into our classrooms over the last several months, as part of the Junior Achievement (JA) program. JA is a community-school partnership, with trained local business people volunteering their time to visit the school to teach students about a variety of topics, including workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The program is taught through hands-on activities that get every student involved. The teachers and staff at Auburn would like to recognize some of the many community partners who have so enriched the lives of our students, whether through ongoing weekly visits, or a day long workshop.

“Jr. Achievement for the First Grade level provides excellent lessons on family, neighborhoods, maps, money, and business. These topics introduce the children to a wide range of new vocabulary words, learning games, and business knowledge. My classroom had the privilege of having Mrs. Pat Offutt from the Logan Telephone Coop. Logan Telephone sends the students pencils, pens, note pads, and Mrs. Pat Offutt spoils them with stickers and suckers for great listening. She does a great job of teaching and relating to the children. She is the BEST!” – Mrs. Kay Belcher

“Kim Owen, loan officer with the Auburn Banking Company, came to teach our second grade class for Junior Achievement this year. She did a fantastic job, and the students loved learning about how a community works. She taught us about the various jobs people have in a community, how taxes are used to pay for things a community needs, and the importance of providing a good service or product to the customers. We are very thankful that she took the time out of her busy schedule to come help us learn about such important topics!” – Mrs. Paula Kirkham

“My second grade students love JA! They are very engaged in each session and eagerly participate in activities. Our JA leaders are two high school ambassadors, Ms. Brooke Barnes and Ms. Audrey. One notable lesson involved learning about supply and demand. We have a few remaining sessions that the students are eagerly awaiting!” – Mrs. Chelsea Alexander

“Rachel Hance, a Logan County extension agent for family and consumer sciences, has conducted five Junior Achievement sessions with Mrs. Metcalfe’s fourth-grade class. Mrs. Hance has done Junior Achievement here at Auburn for several years and considers it a privilege that she can enter the classroom and teach students about topics she considers important for future student development. Students in Mrs. Metcalfe’s class have focused on how to become entrepreneurs, how to boost a business, and how our economy works. Aside from teaching Junior Achievement, Mrs. Hance has also conducted four “Wellness” sessions with all fourth-grade classes here at Auburn. These “Wellness” topics focused on healthy eating habits, fat content in foods, sugar content in foods, and how to build strong bones. Mrs. Hance has been instrumental throughout the year in helping educate many students here at Auburn, and all fourth-grade teachers are extremely grateful for her continuing dedication and service to Auburn School.” – Mrs. Jamie Metcalfe

“Our volunteer, Mrs. Tammy Collins, did an excellent job and the fourth grade kids loved the program. Many of them say they would like to start or own their own business one day!” – Mrs. Elizabeth Dye

“Sixth grade students participated in JA in a Day Wednesday, March 23. We had volunteers from First Southern National Bank, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Achievement staff members. Students completed the Global Marketplace program which deals with the global economy, focusing on the importance of international trade, what makes world trade work, and how trade affects students’ daily lives.” – Mrs. Ashley Cannon

Photos submitted Mrs. Kay Belcher’s first grade class, and JA volunteer Pat Offutt from Logan Telephone Cooperative.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Auburn1.jpgPhotos submitted Mrs. Kay Belcher’s first grade class, and JA volunteer Pat Offutt from Logan Telephone Cooperative.

Second grade students in Mrs. Chelsea Alexander’s classroom, completing a hands-on JA lesson.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Auburn2.jpgSecond grade students in Mrs. Chelsea Alexander’s classroom, completing a hands-on JA lesson.

Mrs. Ashley Engler, volunteer from Monticello Banking Company, working with fourth graders Dillin Pursley and Ciera Fuller, in Mrs. Georgia Bryson’s classroom.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Auburn3.jpgMrs. Ashley Engler, volunteer from Monticello Banking Company, working with fourth graders Dillin Pursley and Ciera Fuller, in Mrs. Georgia Bryson’s classroom.

Mrs. Dye’s fourth grade class with JA volunteer Tammy Collins.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Auburn4.jpgMrs. Dye’s fourth grade class with JA volunteer Tammy Collins.

Sixth graders Evelyn Yell, Will Shoemake, Lance Brown and Makayla Phelps, working with Ms. Amanda Baker from Logan County Chamber of Commerce
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Auburn5.jpgSixth graders Evelyn Yell, Will Shoemake, Lance Brown and Makayla Phelps, working with Ms. Amanda Baker from Logan County Chamber of Commerce
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