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Caulk praises Junior Achievement volunteers’ contributions

Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk stopped by the Junior Achievement volunteer appreciation luncheon to thank the dozens of professionals for their time and service to Fayette County Public Schools. “We can’t do this work alone. It takes an entire community to ensure the success of our students,” said Caulk, a former JAboard member in Maine. “Thank you for your commitment and that of the companies you represent.”

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass educates young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and basic financial matters. In the Adopt-A-School program, companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Additional partners back the financial literacy programs and JA curriculum. Caulk praised JA for giving youngsters a real-world connection to potential careers. “Our ultimate goal is to prepare all students for college, career and life,” he told volunteers at the Aug. 6 luncheon, held at the district’s central office. “Hopefully you walk away with the feeling that you’re making an impact.”

During the 2014-2015 school year, JA of the Bluegrass reached 18,400 students through 750 classes in CentralKentucky. Forty-six volunteers were invited to the luncheon, where they received pins, certificates and awards for their years of service. “You’re somebody from the business world, from outside the school, who can come in and talk about how it really is in your business setting,” noted Ron Wigglesworth, JA’s senior programmanager and a retired school principal. David Royse, chairman of the JA board of directors, mentioned how students are genuinely excited to hear from local professionals about their work environment and job experience. “The volunteers are really the heart and blood of what we do in JA,” he said.

For more information, email Ron Wigglesworth at ron@jalexington.org or call (859) 219-2423.