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slides: Education Awareness Week in Rhode Island

Saturday, April 05, 2014

 

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung works with first graders explaining the roles people play in the local economy as part of the JA Our Families program.

Elected officials and other state officials stepped into classrooms across the state this past week to celebrate Education Awareness Week. Hosted by Junior Achievement (JA) and Teach for America, the weeklong event was designed to bring prominent leaders throughout the Rhode Island community into the classroom as guest teachers.

Among those who participated as “guest teachers” were Sen. Jack Reed, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo.

Stepping back into the classroom

Following giving their guest lessons, several participants took to Facebook to thank their respective schools and Junior Achievement.

"Thanks to everyone in Mr. Bonitati’s 6th grade class at Gilbert Stuart Middle School for having me! It was a great discussion," said Sen. Reed, who spoke at Gilbert Stuart Middle School on Friday. "I admire your focus on civic engagement and public service."

"Had a great time sharing the lessons learned at my first job as a soda jerker at Barry's Pharmacy in Pawtucket," said Attorney General Kilmartin, who spoke at Carl Lauro Elementary School. "Thank you to Junior Achievement and these future leaders for inviting me to help kickoff Education Awareness Week!"

General Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Raimondo added, "Had a great time meeting with Central Falls, Rhode Island high school students at the Rhode Island State House today. Thanks Junior Achievement and Teach for America for setting this up!"

Education Awareness Week is just one of many collaborations between Junior Achievement and Teach for America, combining Junior Achievement’s Leaders Day where community leaders teach students important money-management concepts, and Teach for America Week where guest teachers lead lessons in corps members’ classrooms throughout the week.

For a recap of some of this week’s guest teachers, check out the slideshow below.

 

Related Slideshow: Education Awareness Week Participants

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reads the story Robbie’s Trip to the Farm, part of the JA Ourselves program which talks about working and trade.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Jeremy Duncan

Jeremy Duncan, vice president of brand management and marketing communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, works with 5th graders as part of the JA Our Nation program where students practice being entrepreneurs by turning ideas into businesses.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Rick Simone

JA Chairman of the Board Rick Simone, vice president of events & special projects at Alex and Ani, talks to students about earning and saving as part of JA’s elementary education programs.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Ken DiSaia

Ken DiSaia, senior vice president of enrollment management from Johnson & Wales University, discusses strategy with students in the JA Our Nation program.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Chris Graham

Chris Graham, co-partner in-charge of Edward Wildman Palmer, taught the JA Our City program to third grade students. JA Our City teaches third graders how businesses contribute to a city’s economy.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Ewens

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Bill Schwab

Bill Schwab, human resources officer at Amica Mutual Insurance, shows students how resources are combined to create goods and services in the JA Our Region program.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Neil Steinberg

President & CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, Neil Steinberg, with some students from his  JA Our Nation class. In JA Our Nation, students learn that businesses are actively seeking workers with skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Rep. Joe McNamara

RI State Representative Joe McNamara talks to 4th grade students in the JA Our Region program. In JA Our Region, students examine regional and state resources and supply chains, and they solve problems by weighing risks and potential rewards.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Jeanne Blanchette

Jeanne Blanchette, Admissions Recruitment Analyst at Johnson and Wales University, with her students at JA Leaders Day at Carl Lauro.

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

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Mayor Allan Fung

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, works with first graders explaining the roles people play in the local economy as part of the JA Our Families program.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Ewens

 
 

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