February 04, 2015

Students Become Teachers in JA in a Day

Testament to its community service commitment, Johnson & Wales University’s National Student Organizations (NSO) sponsored a “JA in a Day” program on Friday, January 30th. Thirty-five JWU students and two advisers led Junior Achievement curriculum activities with K-5 elementary students at Providence’s George J. West Elementary School. In addition to participating themselves, many NSO students recruited friends to help. Johnson & Wales students represented the NSO's Junior Achievement program as well as the Emerging Leaders program.

Students at George J. West were eager to meet their JWU volunteers and enjoyed the day’s activities. JWU students and advisers taught 5 different lessons throughout the day, culminating with a certificate presentation to each elementary student. “We were very pleased with the number of volunteers this year. This was the largest number of students we have had volunteer for JA in a Day, and they were an impressive group. They all seemed to enjoy the day and certainly made an impact with the students in their respective classrooms,” according to Jeanne Blanchette, an NSO advisor.

Students who participated include: Katherine Cook, Tanya Bien-Aime, Brianna Laborde, Juwan Cook, Gabrielle Cidras, Jennifer Hurley, Samantha Riley, Deidrae Thompson, Caitlin Toth, Yadira Campos, Carl Luthman, Ben Laudicano, Bess Boima, Nicole Marcelin, Devone Pommills, Nina Lynn, Kieanna Stuehmer, Shawn Riendeau, Rachel Mossbrook, Nataliya Braun, Rebecca Clark, Beau Cobb, TJ Lind, Grace Williams, Lexi Young, Jenna Evins, Tahliq Mills, Saima Ali, Chris Cruz, Patrick Lindner, Caitlin Brown, Michael Burris, Taylor Buffalo, Irving Ingram and Emily Williams. Advisers are Sandy Cardoza and Jeanne Blanchette.