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Junior Achievement receives grant from LACF



Junior Achievement (JA) envisions a world where young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. JA’s volunteer-delivered K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy skills, and ethics, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.

JA of South Dakota was founded in 1968 and provides programming in 42 SD communities. JA prepares students with the skills and confidence to pursue economic success. JA remains committed to ensuring all K-12th graders have access to these essential and life-changing experiences as young people face a changing and complex economic landscape.

For the 22-23 school year, JA provided programming to 54,754 students (495 students from the Lennox School District 41-4.) Students are receiving these vitally important lessons and learning experiences that focus on money, jobs, owning a business, and doing the right thing.

Upon completion of the 22-23 school year, Lennox School District educators who hosted JA were surveyed. Responses to “The most impactful part of the JA program was…” the following:

“Discussing ethics with students in a meaningful and developmentally appropriate way.”

“Getting students to open up about what they feel is ethical.”

“The information that students learned at an early age about spending, saving, and donating money.”

The Junior Achievement received a grant of $1,000 from the Lennox Area Community to continue their work for the 23-24 school year.

The funds will be used to provide programming to 80 Lennox students. Specifically, they will used to help purchase materials and digital platforms/resources directly used by students in the various programs offered in the Lennox School District. In addition, the investment will be used for the recruitment and training of JA classroom volunteers, as well as the training of educators who are hosting JA for the first time.

The JA programming for the 23-24 school year began this month and will run through the end of the of the school year.

LACF’s 2023 grants have been awarded to 12 recipients, they include: Lennox Historical Society, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Lincoln County 4H, Love, Inc., Worthing Fire Department, Chancellor Fire Department, Lennox Library, Junior Achievement, Petal Pals, Lennox Ambulance, Lennox Historical Society, and Lennox Fire Department.

The LACF is a charitable endowment working to strengthen the vibrancy of the Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing communities.

Thanks to the support of generous donors and through the power of endorsement, the LACF has awarded hundreds of meaningful grants to nonprofits and causes throughout the Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing areas since 2004. To make a donation visit lennoxareacommunityfund.org.

Every gift, large or small, helps to increase the fund balance and allows the LACF to continue to give grants to local organizations like the Worthing Fire Department. Grant applications are due every year at the beginning of August. Organizations in Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing are encouraged to submit applications by that deadline.

Watch upcoming issue of The Lennox Independent for more grant recipients.

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