Thirty Unum employees recently spent a day teaching Junior Achievement’s “JA in a Day” at Presumpscot Elementary School in Portland, Maine. JA in a Day is an alternative way to teach JA programs, allowing volunteers to present all six lessons in one school visit.
Unum employees paired up to tag-team the curriculum. They taught students about the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace.
The kindergarten program taught students about working, earning, and saving. First graders learned the roles people play in the local economy and the difference between needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills. Second graders got to explore the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work. Third graders studied careers, skills needed to work in specific careers, and how businesses contribute to a city. The fourth graders were introduced to the relationship between the natural, human, and capital resources found in different regions and regional businesses that produce goods and services for consumers and fifth graders learned practical information about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market. They also learned about the concept of globalization.
“I wanted to let you know what an amazing day we had with at Presumpscot School teaching Junior Achievement (to all 17 classrooms!),” said Michelle Anderson, president of JA Maine. “The volunteers from Unum were outstanding and went above and beyond to prepare for the lessons and create a fun filled day for the students.”