WALLINGFORD — Dozens of Quinnipiac University students partnered with Junior Achievement to lead lessons on business and entrepreneurship at Cook Hill Elementary School on Friday.
Fifty-five business students volunteered in several kindergarten, first and second-grade classrooms as part of Community Service Day. Cook Hill Principal Kristine Friend said the lessons inspire students to collaborate.
“It helps to motivate students,” she said. “It just creates an atmosphere where students want to work together.”
Junior Achievement’s mission is to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” according to its website. Almost 5 million students participate in Junior Achievement programs in the United States each year.
Grace Peiffer, Quinnipiac School of Business director of employer relations, helped coordinate the effort.
“The value that they receive by sharing what they have learned...I think the benefit is huge,” she said. “This gives them an opportunity to do something outside of (the) classroom.”
Peiffer was encouraged by the number of Quinnipiac students that volunteered.
“A lot of times we do events and participation can be lower than we anticipate,” Peiffer said. “The turnout is absolutely unbelievable.”
Graduate student Karley D’Angelo said the lesson was intriguing.
“It’s definitely different because we’re not education majors, but it’s really fun cause you can bring business into the classroom,” she said. “I think it’s an easy way for kids to learn how they can contribute to their neighborhood and their families.”
Freshman Valentina Ramirez, of Cheshire, found the lesson effective because Quinnipiac students represented new faces in the classroom.
“They’re seeing an older kid come in and teach them about where they could be in a couple years.”
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