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Reach out to a teacher, during this season of gratitude, and say thank you!


Image caption: In this season of gratitude, let a Teacher know you appreciate their hard work!

November is a lively time for Junior Achievement. In the past month, the team has hustled to coordinate classroom sessions and visits to JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, with schools before the holidays. Staff have gathered and shared impactful stories created by volunteers and donors this year in latest edition of the annual Gratitude Report. Last week, JA Champions came together for the 21st annual Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame to celebrate and honor the past, present, and future leaders of Kansas City.

As everyone pushes through a veritable marathon of to-do lists, follow ups, and reports, we hold tight to our determination to finish the calendar year strong for JA kids. I’m the first to admit – it is easy to get caught up in the “grind” this time of year. But in the moments of reflection I’ve managed to carve out from my packed calendar – when I take a moment to look back over the past year and how far we have come – I am filled with gratitude.

We have a beautiful new facility. The community is embracing the power of real-world learning and bringing lessons to classrooms that help kids prepare for future career success. Every day, JA kids benefit from having an engaged and passionate army of JA Champions on their team. Together, we have a bold vision for how we show up to support our kids. When I think about the future of this organization, the challenge of the journey ahead excites me because I know we go into it equipped for success because of YOUR support.

However, the challenges our education system is facing right now are formidable. Junior Achievement has made it a priority to show up for educators and schools in 2021 with resources, support, and encouragement. It has always been a goal to inspire kids during Junior Achievement programs. But in the past year, we have endeavored to help elevate learning inside and outside of classrooms by supporting teachers during this turbulent time.

As teachers have persevered in providing quality education to young people in our community, Junior Achievement has stood with them by providing programs which go hand in hand with school curriculums - connecting their students to professional volunteers who bring real-world relevancy. These core elements provide variety to the school day and offer flexible collaboration to deliver JA experiences in-person, virtually live, or pre-recorded. All of this has only been possible because of your belief in what we are doing here at Junior Achievement. THANK YOU.

This month, you have the chance to read the story of one of the many teachers who JA Champions have helped this year. I hope that after reading it, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the role you’ve played in supporting educators and students this year. As the tumultuous school year continues, teachers are challenged more than ever. Let’s be sure they know how much we appreciate and respect them.  I invite you to reach out to a teacher, during this season of gratitude, and say thank you!

I am so grateful for your steady presence and compassionate heart. Your support is doing powerful things for the young people of Kansas City!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving,

Megan Sturges Stanfield

President & Chief Executive Officer

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

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