Local Stories and Testimonials
May 1, 2020
At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic closed down schools and businesses and forced our staff to collaborate from home, we wrestled with how we could address the challenges faced by teachers, students, and parents not only now but also going forward. How can we apply what we know and what we have to be useful and relevant to the needs of our young people and educators right this second? With the help of some extraordinary volunteers and the support and encouragement of the Greenville County School District, we pivoted from our usual delivery model and started creating videos of these volunteers delivering shortened versions of our lessons so that all five lessons can be presented, one each day for five days. The teachers suggested activities to accompany the lessons and we developed ways to track participation. Two elementary schools, Monaview and Robert E. Cashion, are using this model to allow all of their students in every grade to participate. Would it work? We received this note today from April Frederiksen, the Assistant Principal of Robert E. Cashion, .
Dear Junior Achievement Volunteers,
On behalf of Robert E. Cashion Elementary School, I would like to thank you for your service to our students. Your creativity and knowledge was extended to our school community during this unprecedented time, and your efforts are greatly appreciated. Our students and families have expressed excitement after watching your videos virtually. It is encouraging to know that Junior Achievement is supportive and willing to reach out during this time to make sure our students are able to learn more about the soft skills they will need as they grow older and prepare to be successful in our global society. We found the videos and activities to be age appropriate, informational, and undoubtedly applicable to their needs. Thank you, again, for all that you do for our school and community! We commend you for volunteering and putting time in to truly make a difference!
April Frederiksen, M.A.
Robert E. Cashion Elementary School
1500 Fork Shoals Road, Greenville, SC 29605
"Reaching, Educating, Caring"
The benefits of this effort will long outlast the effect of the Corona Virus. Our newly discovered ability and the community's newly whetted appetite for expanding knowledge through e-learning will create new doors and windows for many more people than we have been able to reach before.
Congratulations to SunTrust recently awarded Junior Achievement USA President's Volunteer Service Award! Locally a great group of SunTrust volunteers made a big impact on the students from Alexander Elementary. Pictured is Ladonna Manis, clearly having a great time!
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."