Junior Achievement Program Awarded Grant…

Grand Forks Consortium Schools is proud to announce that they have received a $3,000 grant from Xcel Energy to assist in funding the local Junior Achievement program.

Junior Achievement is an international educational organization that partners businesses,communities and education to teach students about workplace skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The program at Grand Forks Public Schools began as a 12-classroom pilot program in 1996 and has grown to include 126 classrooms throughout the Grand Forks Consortium Schools in 2012. The Grand Forks Consortium Schools include 12 Grand Forks public elementary schools, as well as elementary schools in Central Valley, Emerado, Larimore, Manvel, Northwood and Thompson.

Each year, approximately 130 volunteers from the community are provided classroom kits and are matched with a teacher to present five one hour lessons on a variety of topics, including the economic roles of individuals and families, and economic and business resources found in state, regional and global economies.

“We need to start educating our students about financial literacy early in order to prepare them to compete in a global economy,” said Joyce Larson, Coordinator of the local Junior Achievement program.

Xcel Energy is a U.S. electricity and natural gas company that operates in eight states, including North Dakota. Xcel Energy, formerly Northern States Power Company (NSP), has been a financial supporter of Junior Achievement in the Grand Forks area since 1996.

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