By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Kids at Lakeview Middle School are gaining some financial literacy courtesy of Junior Achievement and Lake City Bank.
JA, an organization which helps prepare students for the workforce, recently started up again at LMS with the help of the bank. The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce celebrated JA’s return after more than 10 years to the school with a ribbon-cutting on Friday, Oct. 28.
Lake City Bank is sending volunteers into LMS over the next five weeks to lead all of the school’s approximately 265 seventh graders in the JA curriculum, said Ashley Bruner, who leads in-school programming for JA locally.
Edgewood Middle School seventh graders are also going through the programming called “Economics for Success,” she added.
“It touches on the curriculum that is real life lesson stuff that we all need to know, maybe not necessarily things you’re going to get in school traditionally, so we’re just really excited that we’re able to have this partnership back with Lakeview Middle School,” said Bruner.
“We’re hoping that the kids just gain a little bit more knowledge on understanding needs and wants, budgeting, how your interests and your choices that you make as a student in middle school will reflect upon you as you get older and as you get into adulthood,” she added.
LMS teacher Hunter Reed, whose students will be going through the program, shared his thoughts on it.
“Junior Achievement’s a great program for the school. It gets community members into the school and shows students what … life … may look like when they get older and teaches them valuable life lessons,” he said.
Lake City Bank Senior Community Reinvestment Officer Austin Bair also gave his take, noting the education was critical for the age of the students.
“This is obviously a key moment for these students in figuring out their careers and their life choices, so we’re just happy to be here, so happy for JA for helping us facilitate this,” he said.