There are several vital ingredients needed for JA of Lincoln to be able to carry out our mission. We need caring volunteers. We need generous sponsors. We need community-minded, forward-thinking corporate partners. We need school leaders who are willing to think outside of the box. Every day, all of these factors come together all across Southeastern Nebraska, allowing us to make a real difference in the future of our students.
Sometimes, all the ingredients come together in a way that is truly exceptional. Partnerships are formed, creativity and productivity blossom, and the students are the big winners. The relationship between Park Middle School and Total Manufacturing Company (TMCO) is one of those instances.
Over the past few years, TMCO has given tours of their facility to 35 classes of Junior Achievement students. Every school year, there are between 8-12 classrooms at Park that TMCO provides the volunteers for, ranging in ages from 6th-8th graders. The partnership between TMCO and Park started in 2008-2009 with just one Park class with a TMCO volunteer. By 2010 that number had grown to 12 classrooms, and it continued each year since!
Here’s what Park Middle School teacher Lori Luedtke has to say about the relationship with TMCO and their JA volunteer, Shawn Troyer: “Junior Achievement has been a wonderful addition to my business education classroom for the last several years; and I have been very fortunate to have worked with a very generous partner in TMCO, Total Manufacturing Company, for each of those years. It is one thing to hear lessons from your teacher but when it is reiterated by adults from the business world the lessons all come together. As one of my students told me just yesterday, ‘Mr. Troyer, TMCO and Junior Achievement have really made me think about money, making good choices, education and the business world’ and that’s exactly what we are striving to teach!”
Thank you to TMCO for being so willing to invest in Lincoln’s youth!