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JA Makes Strong Impact at Southwest High School

For the last several years, Junior Achievement volunteers have been a mainstay in Mary Schropfer’s Business Management classes at Southwest High School. She was looking for a way to add real-world context to the lessons she wanted students to walk away with, and the knowledge and experience of JA volunteers seemed like the perfect solution. The results, she says, have been everything she had hoped for.

“I have found the volunteers bring a lot of content and experience to class activities and projects… The questions and discussions that kids have with the JA volunteers about real-world issues in business would not be nearly as meaningful with me.”

But Schropfer says the benefits to her students extend beyond the curriculum, and that the opportunity for them to build a relationship with a caring, successful, interested adult from the community has been very valuable.

“I have had absolutely wonderful volunteers! Not only are they very knowledgeable, they are good with kids and are dedicated. There have been numerous times when the volunteers [have] come extra time to listen to class presentations, judge business plans, or encourage kids to e-mail them questions or ideas outside of class time.”

Those benefits to her students are why Schropfer says she would absolutely recommend Junior Achievement to other teachers. Why not “allow kids the opportunity to learn and experience from a volunteer that cares?” And with a teacher’s already-packed schedule, she appreciates how easy it is to get your classroom involved. “One phone call or e-mail and the coordination of a schedule is all [it takes]. JA provides the materials and contacts the volunteers.”

The support of motivated, caring teachers like Mary Schropfer is invaluable to Junior Achievement of Lincoln, and we’re always looking to add to their ranks! If you or someone you know would like to add the JA experience to your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Like Mary said, it just takes a phone call or email to get you on your way! Contact Kelly Pargett at or (402) 467-1741.

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