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A Day at Goose Bay Elementary School


For years Mat-Su JA Committee members' goal has been to have a JA in a Day event.  With the financial support from their community, the Mat-Su Committee achieved that goal on November 15, 2011.

In 1 day, 19 business volunteers taught 410 K-2nd grade Goose Bay Elementary School students about the importance of earning and saving money, how paying taxes provides goods and services for a community and the difference between a need and want.  The Junior Achievement programs that were taught during this event were Ourselves, Our Families and Our Community.


JA in a Day volunteersThe volunteers that taught these programs were:
Misty Adams, Matanuska Valley FCU
Robert Alexander, Wells Fargo
Rose Chrisite, Alaska USA FCU
Veronica Farnsworth, Wells Fargo
Marie Godsey, Alaska USA FCU
MaLane Harbour, Prestige Care
Jody Heffele, Alaska Army National Guard
Angela Hobbie, Matanuska Valley FCU
Matthew Holman, Wells Fargo
Kibe Lucas, Keller William Reality Alaska Group
Jackie Marvel, Wells Fargo
Rick Pinkerton, Northrim Bank
Heather Resz, Frontiersman
Matthew Sanford, Matanuska Valley FCU
Rebecca Scott, Alaska USA FCU
Julie Small, Alaska Army National Guard
Skylar Stewart, Wells Fargo
Mandy Tanner, Matanuska Valley FCU
Tina Tischer, United Way of Mat-Su

Junior Achievement would like to thank the teachers and staff at Goose Bay for their support in planning this event:

Jodi Arnold, Vanessa Chadwell, Joseph Conner, David Corneliussen, Devon DeGarmo, Jennifer Hanford, Samantha Hindin, Sharon Johnson, Carla Leavitt, Camilla Lee, Mellissa Mayse, Laurie Nielsen, Michelle Peterson, Angela Reavis, Cindy Tardiff, Rebekah Taylor, Ivy Van Dussen, Meghaan Vaughan and Kim Wailes.

-"We loved this experience! The volunteers did a great job and we look forward to working with Junior Achievement in the future."  
-Goose Bay Principal, Brooke Kelly

I would like to thank all of the participants for believing in the mission of Junior Achievement and dedicating their time to make this event possible.

I would also like to thank the Superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District, Deena Paramo for visiting the school the day of the event and supporting Junior Achievement programs.

"The Junior Achievement lessons taught by these volunteers complement the district's addition of an elective unit on financial literacy. "
- Superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District, Deena Paramo

All of the classrooms completed a pre/post test to measure the impact of programs.  The first and second grade test scores increased anywhere from 5-50%.  The Junior Achievement kindergarten program does not have testing available for that grade level.

Financial Contributors
Thank you to the following financial contributors: Alaska USA, AmeriGas, Cruz Construction Co., Diversified Tire, First National Bank Alaska, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, Northrim Bank, Watterson Construction and Wells Fargo.

On behalf of the Junior Achievement Board and Staff, I would like to thank the Mat-Su Committee members and our financial supporters that made this event possible.

Mat-Su Committee Members: Erika Bills, Annie Heffele, Rhonda Hubbard, Fred Ledbetter, Edward Marmon and Aryne Randall


Stephanie Mode
Community Outreach Coordinator

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