Left to Right: Sam Alvarado, Curriculum Director, Peoria Heights Grade School, Braylinn Ramsey, 5th Grade JA Student, Peoria Heights Grade School, Sylvia Thornton, 5th Grade JA Student, Peoria Heights Grade School, Cassidy Miles-Coleman, Junior, JA & AppsCo Student, Richwoods High School, Ayden Painter, 5th Grade JA Student, Peoria Heights Grade School, Kari Tangel, Teacher, Peoria Heights Grade School - event chair, Crew Shaver, 5th Grade JA Student, Peoria Heights Grade School, Larry Tangel, Owner, Enercon Engineering – event chair
JA brought the Imagine the Future – JA Breakfast to life and used it as a platform to move recent community discussions about specific unmet needs to the next level. Suggestions of potential answers to these concerns and issues were centered on exactly what JA provides through their classroom-based programs. As a result, JA of Central IL brought together dedicated members of our business and civic community to hear amazing success stories, experiences and newly-found aspirations from students, educators and ambassadors for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois local programs.
Following a delicious breakfast, students from the Greater Peoria area played a star-role in the 1-hour program. Katrina Crawford and Aditi Tripathi, both Richwoods High School students and AppsCo participants, emceed the event while Concordia Lutheran School, Peoria Heights Grade School, Quest Charter Academy, Richwoods High School Band, and Washington Middle School (Dist. 52) students assisted with various components of the program. Event co-chairs Larry and Kari Tangel provided comments on investing in the education of our future workforce while Dr. Susan Grzanich Innovation & Grants Officer Peoria Public Schools supported their statements by making remarks on the necessity of teaching students the importance of being prepared to enter the workforce and manage personal finances in order to live successful lives as adults.
Thank you to the attendees who celebrated with us at the Imagine the Future – JA Breakfast on November 20th in downtown Peoria at The Warehouse on State.
SPECIAL THANKS TO AppsCo, Alexis Khazzam & Brian Michael, Beth Crider, Black Business Alliance - Peoria Chapter, Blake Barnard, Concordia Lutheran School, Cracked Pepper Catering, Dr. Susan Grzanich, East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Greater Peoria EDC, JA Governing & JA Advisory Boards, Jake Hamman, Jason & Shannon Killion, Jim Mathis, Joe Adams, Larry & Kari Tangel, Mark Schatsiek, Mimi Volmar, Minority Business Development Center, Morton Chamber of Commerce & EDC, Pekin Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Area CVB, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce & CEO Council, Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Heights Grade School, Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Public Schools, Quest Charter Academy Middle School, Richwoods High School Band & Christopher Render, Sylvia & Ron Hasinger, The Warehouse on State, Travis & Christa Mohlenbrink, Washington Chamber of Commerce, Washington Middle School, District 52 & Julie Donnell