CIRI employees volunteer at Muldoon Elementary

CIRI employees spent April 21 at Muldoon Elementary School on Anchorage’s east side teaching financial literacy lessons to students. The program was the CIRI “JA in a Day,” a partnership between CIRI and Junior Achievement of Alaska. This is the second year the event has been held.

Debra Ahern, Barbara Donatelli, Suzanne Gibson, Danielle Larsen, Justina Meyer and Maylen Prosser prepared lessons on their own time before the event, then presented them throughout the day on April 21.

“Because JA in a Day was such a success last year and CIRI volunteers did such a great job in the classrooms, this year’s volunteers were warmly received and much appreciated by the Muldoon teachers and principal,” said Peggy Ammann, Junior Achievement of Alaska program manager.

Volunteers are a key element of the Junior Achievement programs. They help prepare young people for the “real world” by showing them how to generate and manage wealth, create jobs that benefit their communities and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Junior Achievement Worldwide is a worldwide organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. It reaches 9.7 million students per year in almost 380,000 classrooms and after school programs.

CIRI has a considerable presence in east Anchorage due to Tikahtnu Commons, its retail and entertainment center near the intersection of the Glenn Highway and Muldoon Road. CIRI strives to be a good neighbor in the area and takes its social responsibility seriously by supporting Muldoon Elementary School and other efforts.