The 8th Annual Junior Achievement in a Day at Northvail

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JA Volunteers at Northvail

PARSIPPANY — Junior Achievement, a nonprofit organization that teaches youth about business and economics, and New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Group’s volunteers spent the day at Northvail School. NJM Insurance Group has local offices on Littleton Road.

Their volunteers came to provide lessons about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to all students.

Two volunteers were assigned to each classroom assisted by the classroom teacher. Northvail benefitted by receiving a high-quality program that supports educational standards, at no cost to the school district. Each volunteer followed a set curricula but included their own experiences, and personality to bring JA’s lessons to life.

Reflecting on JA in a Day one 5th grade student wrote, “We learned that different materials and ingredients come from all over the world like chocolate and cars.” The best part of the day for another fifth grade student was when she created an invention. Her group invented a dog leash, “The leash keeps track of your dog.”  A third grade student learned about sales taxes and its impact on purchases. He said, “When you buy things you have to add tax. I guess that’s why my mom says no for toys.” All classes were engaged in the activities and had a lot of fun learning.

Thank you, Junior Achievement, NJM Insurance Group and Principal Jeff Martens who has organized this event since its inception seven years ago.