Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

WINDSOR – Representatives of the Hartford-based branch of Junior Achievement taught students at St. Gabriel School about the world of business and finance during a visit Jan. 31.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Its programs are designed to help prepare young people showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

The instructors were three parents of children at St. Gabriel, Jennifer Anderson, Jenna Wassell and Michelle Steele, and volun-teers from a Windsor media delivery firm.

Students from kindergarten to eighth grade were introduced to the business world through age-appropriate topics and activities. Kindergartners, for example, learned about their role as consumers, including lessons on coin recognition, working to earn mon-ey and saving money. Grade four examined regional resources and supply chains, and how to solve problems by weighing risks and rewards.

The middle-school grades investigated their entrepreneurial characteristics, learned about international trade, and considered their skills, interests and values in relation to their their future education, careers and other life choices.