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Junior Achievement’s “JA WORLD” marks 50,000 students served

More than 1 million contact hours of economic education delivered

WILMINGTON, Del. - This Friday June 10, 2011, at 1 p.m., Junior Achievement of Delaware will celebrate its 50,000th student visitor to the JA WORLD experiential learning center, where a ceremonial student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to add to his or her 529 College Fund.

Christina School District Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles will be on hand as the scholarship is presented to Tyler Rouwhorst, a 5th grade student from Porter Road Elementary School participating in the JA Biztown program.

Built in 2004, JA WORLD houses JA Biztown for 5th graders and JA Finance Park for students in grades 7-12. Both programs involve 19 hours of preparatory curriculum prior to the student visit to JA WORLD, where they become adults for a day, managing household budgets and running a model economy. More than 1 million hours of economic education have been delivered to these students since 2004.

“This milestone is illustrative of the overall community impact of Junior Achievement, which has served more than 180,000 students overall during the same seven-year period and hundreds of thousands of Delaware students since 1956,” said Junior Achievement of Delaware President Rob Eppes.

Junior Achievement experiences are available to school children of all ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, through partnerships with schools, community centers, summer camps, church groups and social service agencies. All JA programs offer robust curriculums delivered by adult role models on the topics of Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy.

For more information contact: Rob Eppes at rob@jadel.org or by phone: (302) 654-4510