This fall, Mrs. Tamaro Mays and her students from Fairfield High School took on the Junior Achievement High School Heroes Service Project and gave the young students at CJ Donald an image of what they too can accomplish when they grow older. The High School Heroes Service Project requires the high school students to share the JA lessons to Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes in a local elementary school. The kids in Mrs. Mays’ class were responsible for training, preparing and finally teaching the lessons to the younger students. She tells us that “this particular program allows students to actively learn. They are not sitting and listening to someone talk for an hour, but they can talk about what they are learning and apply it through action.”
We at JA could not be prouder of these students. It was incredible to see the students take leadership roles as they became role models for the classes and bonded with their students. Each group of High School Students was assigned a classroom in which they were responsible for completing five lessons. Over the weeks the students both youngsters and teenagers worked together to invest in one another. The elementary school students learned the basics of money, decision making and taxes, while the high school students learned presentation skills, planning ahead, public speaking and civic leadership. Mrs. Mays reiterates how impactful this program is, “life changing for some students.”
She says her “favorite memory is seeing the smiles on [her] kids’ faces and listening to their stories about the classroom.” Watching the students work together was a sight to behold and we are so honored to claim these students as JA High School Heroes! Way to go guys!