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Volunteers Teach Junior Achievement Program At Thomas School In Bridgeport

Prudential volunteers teach Junior Achievement programs to students at Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport.
Prudential volunteers teach Junior Achievement programs to students at Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Junior Achievement and 26 business volunteers from Prudential Annuities and Prudential Financial in Shelton along with René Deida, Prudential's director of corporate and community engagement in New Jersey, shared their time and knowledge to teach important financial concepts to 368 students Tuesday, May 3 at Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport.

Money for the program was provided by The Prudential Foundation.

Volunteers taught students in grades K-8 Junior Achievement's economic empowerment programs that included age-appropriate interactive activities focused on personal finance, college/career readiness and entrepreneurship.

According to Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western CT, “As role models, Prudential employee volunteers help young people connect the relevance of their classroom learning to their future success and the importance of staying in school. "They are letting students know they care, inspiring students to dream big and reach their potential all while developing competitive skills and confidence to succeed in a 21st century global marketplace."

Junior Achievement facilitates community-school programs where trained local business people volunteer their time in schools to teach students a variety of topics including career and work readiness and financial literacy.

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