Helping hand for junior achievers

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More than 40 business volunteers helped over 1,000 students in Kilkenny learn more about business, science, maths and other skills through involvement with Junior Achievement this year.

More than 40 business volunteers helped over 1,000 students in Kilkenny learn more about business, science, maths and other skills through involvement with Junior Achievement this year.

Volunteers from FedEx, PwC, State Street and VHI gave up their time to teach either a classroom programme or volunteer at an event in one of the local schools. Programmes begin at primary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world, and the programmes continue through to secondary school where the students learn practical life skills such as budgeting and interview preparation.

Over 14 schools in Kilkenny participated and principals and teachers supported business volunteers over the duration of their programmes. Helen Halpin of Junior Achievement said the programme was delighted with the support from the local organisations.

“We would like to thanks all our supporting organisations and we really appreciate every effort made by each of our business volunteers,” she said.

“These are challenging and busy times and their commitment to investing in their local community is to be commended. We would also like to thank the principals, teachers and students in the schools who made our volunteers feel so welcome and part of the school community.”

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organisation. Nationwide, the programme had a ery successful year, reaching approxiomately 70,000 students with the help of over 2,600 volunteers.