On May 15th, more than 325 people joined Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado to celebrate 50 years of providing economic education programs in our community. The “Celebration of Education” Auction and Gala event was a tremendous success, with anticipated net revenue of $65,000 going to provide JA program materials for local students. Schmidt Construction Co., Mr. Gary Backstrom and Mr. Richard Murphy of A.G. Edwards were presenting sponsors of this black-tie optional event held at the beautiful surroundings of The Broadmoor Hotel. Spirits were high, as more than 350 items were auctioned for the benefit of JA. Some of the highlights from the auction were a 2003 Mazda Miata MX 5, golf for four at the Sanctuary, Laser Vision Correction Surgery, luxury box seats for the Denver Bronco’s home opener and several trips to destinations around the country.
Junior Achievement works to educate students about business, economics and the free enterprise system and has offices around the country dedicated to this mission. Locally, JA serves more than 35,000 students each year. “Junior Achievement makes learning about business and economics fun for students,” said Kathi Ogrodny, chairwoman of the Board of JA of Southern Colorado and vice president of Van Gilder Insurance Corp. “JA programs not only bring something new and exciting to the classroom, but they are also necessary. JA teaches kids many of the skills they will need to succeed in our complex economy. Congratulations on 50 years of service to Junior Achievement.”
Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado provides programs for students in grades K through 12. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs bridge the gap between school and the workplace and show students the importance of education in relation to their future earning power and long term success. In an effort to improve the quality of life in our community by serving as positive role models, volunteers from our local community present the JA curriculum which is provided to the students and schools at no cost.
Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado is looking forward to another 50 years of serving the youth of our community. After all, our kids are 25 percent of our population and 100 percent of our future. If you are not currently involved with JA, please consider doing so. Stop by the local office and one of the JA team members will be happy to provide you with more information. Impact the life of a child by becoming a JA classroom volunteer, it’ll be the best meeting you have all week. Contact Junior Achievement at 636-2474.