Mrs. Dryburgh’s 3rd Graders From Kelly Elementary

Mrs. Dryburgh’s 3rd grade class from Kelly Elementary visited the Grand Forks Herald on Wednesday afternoon.

They completed the Junior Achievement program last week through Grand Forks Public Schools and newspapers are included in the curriculum.

Junior Achievement is a partnership approach to education involving community volunteers and classrooms.  Junior Achievement connects businesses and education by recruiting community volunteers to come into elementary school classrooms and facilitate five – hour long economics orientated lessons.

In 1995, Junior Achievement was brought to the attention of the Grand Forks Public Schools by local businessman, Dave Vaaler. JA was initiated in 1996 as a 12-classroom pilot program to be previewed by the GFPS Social Studies committee. Since they felt JA correlates very well with district social studies curriculum, the school board approved implementation of the program in all Grade 4 classrooms to enhance the North Dakota Studies curriculum. JA is available to ALL GFPS classrooms in Grades K-5; teachers need only to complete a registration form at the beginning of the school year.

Over the years, the GFPS JA program has evolved from a 12-classroom pilot to a program including 116 classrooms in ALL 18 Grand Forks Consortium elementary schools.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Junior Achievement, contact or call 746-2407 ext 814.

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