Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore Announces its 2018 Talbot Board of Directors

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Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore (JAES) is pleased to announce its 2018 Talbot County Board of Directors. This panel of dedicated, local professionals are committed to carrying on Junior Achievements’ mission of providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness education to Talbot County students.

The JA of Talbot County board of directors is chaired by Laura Heikes of Shore United Bank, and includes:

Teri Overington, CBIZ; Dr. Kelly Griffith, Talbot County Public Schools; Talli Oxnam, Wye Financial & Trust; The Honorable Megan Cook, Easton Town Council; Pamela Clay, Talbot County Public Schools; Sandra Hale, Merrill Lynch; Renee Stephens, Delmarva Power; Gregory Frankos, Pioneer Financial Services; Ron McDonald, Community Leader; George Koste, Maryland Capital Enterprises; Devon Hainey, SunTrust Bank; Len Foxwell; Comptroller of Maryland; Jim Malena, Morgan Stanley.

Photo: (L-R) The Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore 2018 Board of Directors: Jayme Hayes, President; Teri Overington, CBIZ; Dr. Kelly Griffith, Talbot County Public Schools; Laura Heikes, Shore United Bank; Talli Oxnam, Wye Financial & Trust; The Honorable Megan Cook, Easton Town Council; Pamela Clay, Talbot County Public Schools; Sandra Hale, Merrill Lynch; Renee Stephens, Delmarva Power; Gregory Frankos, Pioneer Financial Services. (Not pictured- George Koste, Maryland Capital Enterprises; Devon Hainey, SunTrust Bank; Ron McDonald, Community Leader; Len Foxwell; Comptroller of Maryland; Jim Malena, Morgan Stanley).

Junior Achievement (JA), is a national organization dedicated to educating students about managing money, the world of work, and what it means to build a business. JA has been active in Talbot County since 2011 and has been growing steadily. In the 2017 fiscal year the organization reached 762 students. For the 2018 school year, the Talbot board—along with Salisbury-based Junior Achievement president, Jayme Hayes, and her staff—have planned to provide JA programming to all 3rd, 4th, and 8th grade classrooms in Talbot County, as well as expanding the program, JA Finance Park® through Talbot County junior high school classrooms. The JA Finance Park program is composed of thirteen required, teacher-taught, in-class lessons. It culminates in a hands-on, virtual simulation in which students immerse themselves in a reality-based decision-making process that addresses aspects of individual and family budgeting—including housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy, and banking. The computer-simulated activities, which are housed in virtual “storefronts” sponsored by local businesses, are designed to allow students the opportunity to utilize the skills they have learned throughout their JA lessons and to understand the basic steps of maintaining a realistic personal budget.

“We are very excited to have such a strong board to continue the success and growth of Junior Achievement in Talbot County,” says Heikes. “The passion each of our members have for the JA mission makes them invaluable ambassadors in the community, as well as dedicated volunteers in the classroom.”

In addition to providing oversight and support to JA’s programming in Talbot County, the Talbot Board also plans and participates in networking and fundraising events on behalf of the organization, including the FAs for JA luncheon and the Financial Literacy Summit.

Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education to K-12 students throughout public and private school classrooms in six counties across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With the help of respected local volunteers, Junior Achievement delivers to young people in all communities the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Through its hands-on, age-appropriate programs Junior Achievement inspires our youth to live within their means, prepare for the world of work, and understand the free enterprise system. In its 2017 fiscal year, Junior Achievement reached over 7,000 students across the Shore. To learn more about Junior Achievement, or to volunteer or donate, log on to www.easternshoreja.org, or email information@easternshoreja.org.

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