Orleans public schools broaden Junior Achievement program

Orleans public schools broaden Junior Achievement program


New Orleans Public Schools will make history this year when the school system implements Junior Achievement’s economics curriculum in all classrooms up to eighth grade, which brings 47,000 students into the program.

It is the first time a large, inner-city school system has brought Junior Achievement’s curriculum to so many students in a district, said Jack Brancewicz, president of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Inc.

Last year, about 7,000 Orleans Parish public school students were exposed to the curriculum, Brancewicz said.

A partnership between Junior Achievement and Each One Save One to recruit 2,000 volunteers and mentors for Act Now For Kids, a program designed to generate more community activity in Orleans Parish public schools, was also announced.

Officials asked the business community to allow employees to volunteer time during the school day. Superintendent Anthony Amato said it is important for business people to interact with school children, especially those from poor backgrounds, and show them wealth can be obtained legally.

To participate as a mentor or volunteer or for more information, call Junior Achievement at 569-8650 or visit www.jagno.org.

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