Students From James Hillhouse JROTC, King/Robinson Inter-District Magnet School Come Together for Financial Education
Students are preparing students for the future in New Haven, as James Hillhouse High School JROTC cadets are working with first and second grade classes at King/Robinson Inter-District Magnet School, sharing Junior Achievement lessons with the young students.
Their curriculum continues on Thursday, April 2, and concludes on Monday, April 6 as 21 high school students and five classes of elementary school students – just over 120 children – come together for their final of six weekly lessons. The cadets are teaching in three first grade and two second grade classrooms, sharing Junior Achievement lessons related to communities and families. It is the third year that the two schools have partnered in the program; it has grown from just two classes in its first year.
“This is a tremendous partnership with two outstanding New Haven schools, demonstrating that even while still in high school, students can begin making a difference in their community and influencing young lives in positive ways,” said Lou Golden, President of JA of Southwest New England. “By the example of their JROTC teachers, the elementary school children are seeing the importance of continuing their education, and the opportunities that can result.”
Junior Achievement is a global leader in providing cutting-edge, hands-on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness education. Providing children with positive role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our economic system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.
“I am honored to have James Hillhouse High School’s distinguished JROTC cadets teaching our first and second grade students financial lessons,” said Nadine Gannon, Principal, King/Robinson Inter-District Magnet School. “This amazing partnership models our philosophy for our students to take action in their community to make our world a better place. The JRTOC cadets are doing just that! Our students could not have better role models with whom to share this experience.”
“I am extremely proud of our JROTC program for its leadership and service to Hillhouse and the Greater New Haven community. Our cadets are among the best role models we can present to our elementary school children. It is my hope that these elementary school students will grow up to exemplify the confidence, civic responsibility and academic excellence that our cadets strive for each day,” said. Kermit Carolina, Principal at James Hillhouse High School.
“The cadets are fully aware of the importance of being role models for the students at King-Robinson and they thoroughly enjoy the time they have while they are at the school,” said SFC (ret) Lisa Rodriguez of the JROTC. “Some of the cadets have actually followed the first graders they taught onto the second grade to teach them there, they love seeing how the students have changed from the year before. We look forward to continuing our relationship with both King-Robinson and the Junior Achievement program for many years to come.”
Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers – business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students – offered JA programs to nearly 33,000 students in roughly 150 schools in 49 communities in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Litchfield, Windham, and New London counties.
James Hillhouse Comprehensive High School School is comprised of three different academies. The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Action (I.D.E.A.) Academy; the Law, Public Safety and Health (LPSH) Academy; and the College and Career Ready (C.C.R.) Academy. It is the mission of James Hillhouse High School to graduate students prepared for success in a world of increasing diversity, technological change and global challenges. Our task is to create an environment in which all students have the opportunity to reach their greatest academic potential and to facilitate their growth as responsible and respectful members of society.
King/Robinson Inter-District Magnet School: An Intermediate Baccalaureate World School aims to develop internationally-minded people who help to create a better and more peaceful world by recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. The school educates students to be rigorous thinkers with positive attitudes using the International Baccalaureate’s inquiry-based learning philosophy, literacy, foreign languages and technology. It is the only school in Connecticut authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Organization Program in the primary and middle years.
Individual interested in learning more about JA volunteer programs should contact 860-525-4510 or visit www.jaconn.net for details.