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Clay County School Board gives Junior Achievement $15,000

(L-r) School Board member Janice Kerekes, School Board Chair Carol Studdard, Clay County Junior Achievement Chair Jeff Camarda, Superintendent of Schools Charlie Van Zant Jr. and Bannerman Learning Center Principal Mike Elia display a $15,000 contribution from the school district to Junior Achievement.

(L-r) School Board member Janice Kerekes, School Board Chair Carol Studdard, Clay County Junior Achievement Chair Jeff Camarda, Superintendent of Schools Charlie Van Zant Jr. and Bannerman Learning Center Principal Mike Elia display a $15,000 contribution from the school district to Junior Achievement.



Members of the Clay County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Charlie Van Zant Jr. contributed $15,000 to the county’s new Junior Achievement Chapter, April 16.

School Board Chair Carol Studdard and District 1 representative Janice Kerekes presented the $15,000 check to Jeff Camarda, Chair of the JA of Clay County Board of Directors. The School Board allocation will fund the Junior Achievement program materials for the 2013-2014 school year.

While presenting the check, Studdard said, “On behalf of the entire Clay County School Board, I want to congratulate Junior Achievement on partnering with our school district. I am looking forward to expanding this program to even more of our schools in the future. When we work together, our children are the winners.”

Kerekes added, “I am so excited to welcome Junior Achievement to the Clay County School District. This is an innovative program that will benefit our students for years to come. We need more public-private partnerships like this one that team-up our schools with business and community partners.”

“Junior Achievement’s financial literacy programs are being brought to Clay County for the first time,” said Camarda. “This will equalize the financial playing field for Clay County’s youth. Having the school board and superintendent firmly committed sends a strong and positive message to the community.”

Junior Achievement’s 20 programs will be provided in schools throughout Clay County next year. Local volunteers spend one hour per week for five to seven weeks teaching a prepared curriculum to students during the school day. JA of Clay County projects reaching over 3,000 students during its first year of operation.

“Our students will greatly benefit from Junior Achievement’s programs. Students will meet people from our own community and learn meaningful and powerful real-world lessons that will help them succeed, whether they choose to go to college or enter the workforce,” said Van Zant.

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