The Stillwater Noon Lions’ Club recently heard from Jack Hedrick, district manager for Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma. Hedrick was introduced by Lion of the Month Bill Pool.

Hedrick stated that Junior Achievement started in 1919 as an after school program for young adults to learn about what it takes to operate a small business. Currently, there are programs available for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are four million students involved with Junior Achievement in the United States and seven million worldwide. There are Junior Achievement offices in 80 countries.

Stillwater and Bartlesville applied for and were awarded a grant to allow them to offer Junior Achievement classes. In Stillwater there will be 60-70 classes involving over 1,500 students. Depending on what grade they are in, the students will learn things such as money management, decision making, career awareness and writing a business plan.

Junior Achievement is projecting having an office in Stillwater in the next few years, as well as having 3,000-4,000 students in the program. Currently, the office for the Stillwater area is in Tulsa.

Hedrick said that Junior Achievement really needs volunteers to help teach the program. It takes approximately 25 minutes five times a semester in the elementary grades and approximately one hour six-eight times a semester at the middle and high school levels. If you are interested in volunteering for the program, please contact Jack Hedrick at 918-663-2150 or 880-1594.

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