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[caption id="attachment_1218" align="alignright" width="163"]A thank you note a 4th grade student wrote from St. Sylvester Elementary School A thank you note a 4th grade student wrote from St. Sylvester Elementary School[/caption]

One of our fantastic university volunteers, Tim Littman, recently blogged about his experience with JA on DePaul University’s blog, “DeBlogs.” Read what he had to say about his experience volunteering in a 4th grade classroom below.  

Last week I was given the opportunity to lead and participate with a volunteer organization called Junior Achievement. In this event, I volunteered with my fraternity and KPMG, a professional services firm in Chicago. The volunteers and I had an amazing time volunteering at St. Sylvester Elementary School and I would like to share my experience with you all.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to teaching financial literacy and basic business concepts to students from kindergarten all the way up to high school.  Looking back at my pre college education, I always wish I was given the opportunity to learn about business before college. It is something that is barely taught at all before college. One of the best parts about this event is that Junior Achievement supplies all of the materials and lessons for the students. The students love the materials and they are fun to teach as well.

Prior to the event, we had a training session at KPMG’s office in Chicago. Honestly, the views from their office are some of the best in Chicago. It was great to have a firm willing to support DePaul for this event and Beta Alpha Psi and I greatly appreciated it.

The school we were at was called St. Sylvester Elementary School. It was located in Logan Square in a low income, Hispanic neighborhood. The students there were some of the best behaved students I had ever seen at an elementary school. At the event, I taught fourth graders and had a blast. Teaching them about entrepreneurship and the United States’ resources, the other teachers and I had a blast teaching the students. The students had a great time as well. We played games where we had students pretend to be the manager of a hot dog place and also had them make a fortune teller. Not only did the students enjoy it, they learned a lot as well.

This event was a huge success. We helped over 150 students that day! The students really showed me the importance of education at the elementary level. These students had a strong desire to learn and I felt great being a part of that.

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