PARSIPPANY — Northvail School participated in their annual Junior Achievement program sponsored by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness. It includes classroom volunteers who help prepare students for the real world by showing them how to generate capital and effectively manage it, how to create jobs, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace, according to the organization’s website.
The program brings in community members to teach a pre-prepared curriculum that supports the Common Core State Standards. Bernie Flynn, CEO for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, has taught Junior Achievement programs while volunteering with the organization for a number of years. He said, “The program fulfills a part of the financial literacy requirement and makes an impact on student learning.”
When asked about the day’s activities and what they had learned some students said, “I learned how to start a business,” another explained, “I learned that items are transported from many places in the world to one location to make a single product.” Others said, “My favorite part was the hot dog game when I learned about profit and loss,” and a fifth grader said, “I learned about filling out a resume.”
Junior Achievement has been an annual event in Northvail for several years, through the combined efforts and planning of Principal Jeff Martens and Alicia Fusco from the Junior Achievement Organization of New Jersey.
Pictured: NJ Manufacturers Insurance Company Volunteers at Northvail School
Pictured: Mrs. DeZao’s 5th grade class