For second-grade students at Highland Elementary School in Wallingford, Connecticut, Friday May 19 was all about dollars and fruit.
Ten employees from Edible Arrangements, trained in Junior Achievement curriculum, volunteered for `JA Day’ at the school. Working in pairs, the team taught JA’s ‘Our Community’ program to almost 100 students. Through this program, the youngsters learned about careers and how all jobs help a community. One of the hands-on lessons simulated a production of doughnuts which gave the children first-hand experience in assembly-line production and introduced concepts of quality control, taxes and how the money earned from selling donuts gets spent.
“This was a fun opportunity to work with kids, as well explain business terms in a kid friendly way,” said Jennie Marco, a junior paralegal.
This is the second year that Edible Arrangements participated in a Junior Achievement Day. Last year, employees volunteered at a school in Hamden, CT. This type of work – organized by the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England – helps to build a bridge between the workplace, the classrooms, and the communities.