Holy Family students participate in Junior Achievement “JA in a Day”

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Neighbors | Submitted.Seventh-grade students talked about the importance of money and time management in the workplace at the JA in a DAY event. Pictured are, from left, Griffin Barton, Nicolette Tsikouris, Tony Patrone, Joey Sfara and Sophia Graziano.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Junior Achievement volunteers recently came to work with Holy Family students. Pictured are, from left, Kristine Rotunno, Holy Family Principal Kathleen Stoops, Tracie Balentine, Kimberly Urig, Tony Patrone and Nicole Fond.

On March 27, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Holy Family School participated in a program called “JA in a Day.”

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Program Manager Nicole Fond, along with different volunteers, presented a day-long program where they taught students how to prepare for the real world in terms of business, entrepreneurship and how to manage their money today and in the future.

“JA in a Day gives our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students an opportunity to participate in a financial literacy program that gives them a foundation and an understanding how important money management is in today’s world,” Kristine Rotunno, Holy Family School JA Parent Volunteer Coordinator said. “I feel these are lessons that give our children an edge in a very competitive economy. It also arms them with knowledge they need to be financially responsible young adults.”

Sophia Graziano, a seventh-grade student at Holy Family participated in a group ran by volunteer, Tony Patrone. They worked individually and in groups discussing the importance of money and time management in the workplace. Patrone used his own life and work experiences as examples and lessons for the students. He also talked about how learning to manage their time with homework and extracurriculars in seventh-grade are skills that will carry with them as adults in the workforce.

“I enjoyed JA in a Day a lot,” Graziano said. “I learned a lot about spending money wisely and how decisions I make can impact my future.”

Holy Family students in grades K-5 also participate in Junior Achievement. Volunteers come into the classroom once a week for five weeks for grade appropriate financial literacy lessons.

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