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JA Student Asks a Hard Question

A Note to JA Volunteers

When you drove to work this morning, did you wonder if your car was a need or a want? Probably not. But for many Junior Achievement students, even basics like transportation to get to school is not guaranteed. And today, YOU can help.

Meet Matthew and Jennifer
During a JA lesson on needs and wants, an outspoken 1st grader named Matthew raised his hand. “Is a bike a need?” he asked.

Jennifer, a classroom volunteer just like you, paused. She wasn’t ready for a question like this. Jennifer took a moment to gather her thoughts and politely polled the class to answer Matthew’s question. “By a show of hands, is a bike a need or a want?” Consensus: definitely a want

A little confused, Matthew raised his hand again, “But what if you don’t have a car or another way to get to school, then don’t you need a bike?” Matthew asked inquisitively. Jennifer was at a loss for words. She used this opportunity to share with the students that sometimes people have different needs and wants, but we are all important parts of the community.

Just like Jennifer, you may have felt uncertain as you walked into your JA classroom to volunteer. But YOU did it. You created life-changing opportunities. 

How will my gift make a difference?

No kid should have worries like Matthew’s. In the JA classroom, YOU gave kids like Matthew the tools to believe in themselves and set them on a path to future financial security. Because of YOU, Matthew was empowered to share his opinion with the class, opening his friends’ eyes to the world around them. Because of YOU, Matthew’s own kids will be aware and sensitive to other people’s needs and wants. The cycle of poverty can end with Matthew!

But there are countless kids in Maine who have not had the opportunity in their classroom to ask their question. You can change that by making a gift of $35 today, which sponsors JA programming for one child. With your help, we hope to raise enough funds to bring JA programming to 150 more Maine students. 

Your gift matters!

Don’t underestimate the difference you can make. Your gift of $35 today will guarantee JA lessons are shared in more classrooms this school year. Matthew needs a bike to get to school, but more importantly he NEEDS you!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in our mission. 


Your friends at Junior Achievement

Make a gift today by visiting our website or calling the JA office at 207-347-4333. 

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