Junior Achievement visits Harlandale ISD

Students of the Alamo Community Colleges spent a day at Morrill Elementary getting hands-on experience through the Junior Achievement Program on Oct. 13. These aspiring educators had the opportunity to create lesson plans, bring them into the classroom and be the teacher for the day.

Morrill Elementary Teacher Alma Holcomb was overwhelmed with joy when she heard Junior Achievement would be coming to her campus as she was a part of this program when she was in college.

“It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed it,” Holcomb said. “In JA, I taught at the third-grade level and I’ve been hooked on teaching ever since, this program truly changed my life!”

Junior Achievement is a community based volunteer program with the mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Bernadette Byrd, the director of programs at Junior Achievement, said that what the program is trying to do is connect what students are learning in school to the future world of work.

“We teach our volunteers our curriculum, which is revolved around work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy,” Byrd said. “Everything is TEKS correlated, age appropriate, fun and, of course, hands-on.”

Byrd also states that the partnership with Palo Alto College and Harlandale ISD is a win-win for everyone because they have future educators who need hands-on experience to deliver the curriculum to these students who are ready, willing and eager to learn.

Sabrina Trejo, a sophomore at Palo Alto College, has known she has wanted to be a teacher since the third grade, and with this program, she’s  not only learning as much as she can about her field, but is also gaining real-life experience in the classroom.

“Teaching is just a part of me, I love helping my peers and children learn something new,” Trejo said. “Junior Achievement gives you the opportunity to figure out which teaching methods work best for you with different students and different grade levels.”

Last year in San Antonio alone, Junior Achievement reached over 63,500 students.

“We are proud to say that we do a lot with a little bit of people and we expect that number to grow even more this year!” Byrd exclaimed.

Junior Achievement will be taking over many Harlandale Elementary Schools in the coming weeks, such as: Gillette, Carroll Bell, Gilbert, Bellaire and Stonewall Flanders. If you are interested in becoming a part of The Junior Achievement Program please contact Bbyrd@jast.org and give back to your community today.



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