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My experience with Mrs. Allen's 3rd grade class at Shatekon Elementary School was very positive! The students were interested and provided logical answers that surprised me at times! I truly felt I made a difference in their lives! I must thank Mrs. Allen, who was a wonderful help and role model for me in her classroom.
Amy Casabonne

Once you volunteer one time, you're hooked. The children so enjoy the program.
Jacquelyn Dunlavey
, National Grid

I fully enjoyed the experience with my 5th graders, they loved hearing stories of the “real world” work that I do and I learned lots from them. I felt I made a difference getting them to realize STEM careers can be really fun and interesting. Hopefully some of them decide to come to KAPL when they get out of college!
Patra Madden
Engineer, Bechtel / KAPL

Thank you for all your support and that of this dynamic program. It is written to bring workplace readiness and financial concepts all together for middle school students. It’s always a pleasure to bring business and industry consultants into the classroom. Kids really enjoy it as they figure budgets and decide cash or credit and learn about the real work world.
Mary Taylor
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Ballston Spa Middle School

I had to let you know about my recent experience to SEFCU with Mrs. Taylor's Home and Career classes. It was bar none, the BEST Field trip I ever helped with. The people at SEFCU should be commended. They opened their business up to the children, in every way possible. The kids were so impressed. I was impressed!
Carol Brown
Parent - Volunteer,

I was so impressed with the SEFCU job shadow experience that my husband and I are switching our banking to them as soon as they get their Malta branch up and running. Even the President of the SEFCU took the time to answer questions from the children. Junior Achievement is such an awesome program! We are lucky to be involved. Thanks again for what you do.
Carol Brown
Parent _ Volunteer,

This will be my sixth year teaching a JA program (first and now second grade, all with the same teacher). The materials are very well thought-out and put together, and the kids really enjoy the lessons learned.
Ricki Shapiro
Communications Coordinator, GE Global Research

One memorable take-away from last year's class was a student who understood that even though she had voted for a particular new business to "move into" the neighborhood, because another business received more votes from other students, that was the selected business. And she understood how that could be applied to "real" life. Great lesson!


As a teacher it makes my job so much easier when I can demonstrate that what is being taught will have a direct impact on what they will be doing when they leave school. Every exposure in the "real world" helps in the process. Your organization skills made it so much easier for me.
Kevin Fottrell
Teacher - Job Shadow Program, South Colonie

A wonderful experience. Mrs.McLaughlin was great, and the kids really seemed to enjoy the program. I plan to volunteer again next year.
Stephen Ziembiec
Americas Quality Leader, Momentive Performance Materials

JA has after school programs for elementary and middle grades students