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Lee Road Hosts Junior Achievement Day,
Mayor Cooper Praises Program


Students in the third through eighth grades at Lee Road Junior High took part in their annual Junior Achievement Day on Tuesday, May 13, hearing 18 speakers tell about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and household expense management. Mayor Mike Cooper of Covington kicked off the day’s events by reading a proclamation during a morning assembly.

"It is essential to teach our youth about effective money management,” the Mayor stated, “not only so they can avoid the financial pitfalls into which so many adults have fallen, but because they will someday run our businesses, our government, and our financial institutions.”

The Junior Achievement Program is a national effort to enhance financial literacy skills in schools by providing speakers and printed materials for classrooms that explain the free enterprise system and how it works. The speakers visiting Lee Road Junior High from local banks, investment firms, and other companies donated their time to help students understand the principles of financial responsibility.

Every student at Lee Road is involved in the JA program, said Principal Anna Bowie. Kindergarten through second grade students held their JA Education Day in October of last year.

Through the Junior Achievement program, “Lee Road Junior High continues to show its commitment to providing students with a solid foundation for making a lifetime of financial decisions,” the Mayor said. “Parents accept the responsibility to raise money-smart children who can grow to become productive members of our community and workforce.” Mayor Cooper proclaimed May 13 as “LCPA-JA Financial Literacy Education Day” in Covington.

The Society of Louisiana CPAs (LCPA) is partnering with Junior Achievement (JA) to educate and inspire students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

On hand for the special occasion was Jack Brancewicz, president of Junior Achievement of the Greater New Orleans Area. “St. Tammany has the third highest JA student involvement out of our 12 parish area,” he said.

Valerie Hulse, the Northshore JA Education Program manager, coordinates northshore area programs with the business community and the School System. She said that St. Tammany Parish currently has 6500 students involved in JA.

Each grade level receives an age appropriate presentation about classroom topics ranging from basic money management to what students can expect when they move out and live on their own, including how much rent might be, should they get a roommate to share expenses, and other financial situations they may encounter.

The Lee Road Junior High band played the Star Spangled Banner to open the assembly, and Student Council President Stevie Rachal introduced Mayor Cooper for his presentation. Principal Bowie thanked Mayor Cooper as well as the many volunteers taking part in the program.

Volunteer speakers included Vicky Talley, Misty Spell, Patty Battard, Joey Donaldson, Ronda Vitrano, John Curran, Lori Daigre, Iris Coxwell, Tiffany Landrum, Michael Meyers, Andrea Cosse, Pamela Giarrusso, Joan Cox, Jill Strain, and Collette Brewster.

For more information about the Junior Achievement Program in the New Orleans area, visit http://www.jagno.org/

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The band played the Star Spangled Banner

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Mayor Cooper reads his proclamation.

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Mayor Mike Cooper and Principal Anna Bowie

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Some of the volunteers wait to speak to the classrooms.

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Principal Anna Bowie and Jack Brancewicz, president of Junior Achievement of the Greater New Orleans Area.

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Speakers visiting classrooms

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