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by Megan Hookey, Live & Learn, February 5, 2009
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I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE that our youth need to know more about spending and saving money to prepare them for the future. To that end, NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and JA (formerly Junior Achievement) have come together to educate young people about financial responsibility.
Through a grant from The AARP Foundation and The Hartford, NRTA is reaching out to Retired Educator Associations (REAs) to recruit volunteers for the JA program. Drawing on their teaching skills, retired educators are going back to the classrooms with ready-to-use, grade-specific lesson plans for kindergartners to high school seniors, teaching short units on budgeting and the importance of saving and spending wisely.
The spring 2008 pilot programs were held in four cities across the country: Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington, DC. Due to the overwhelming success of the pilots, the 2009 grants will cover 20 sites in 15 states. To learn more about JA or to become a volunteer, visit www.ja.org.
Since the economic health of all citizens is one of the tenets of AARP’s Divided We Fail program, it is gratifying to see our retired educators volunteering to help students learn skills that can last them a lifetime. Now that’s good news worth sharing!
With best regards,
Megan Stevens Hookey
Interim Vice President
NRTA: AARP's Educator Community
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