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Rocklin teens host JA camp for kindergarteners

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Forget about sleeping in. Four Rocklin High School students spent part of their winter break trying out their teaching skills. The freshmen hosted a Junior Achievement camp for Rock Creek Elementary kindergarteners on Dec. 27 and 29. High school students Shannon Nelson, Bunny Chudzinski, Sierra Dierksen and Sienna Knorzer taught JA of Sacramento’s “JA: Ourselves” class, designed for kindergarteners. Learning took the form of stories, games and plenty of hands-on activities. Held at the Sleep Train corporate offices in Rocklin, the two-day “JA Camp” taught students the importance of helping, working hard, earning and saving – building blocks of JA’s financial literacy and workforce readiness curriculum for students in grades K-12. Prior to the camp, the teens met after school twice a week during December to prepare. They even put their own twist on the JA brand by tie dying their JA T-shirts. “It was very exciting to see how receptive the kindergarteners were to receiving the mentoring and leadership of these young ladies,” said JA’s program manager Susan Nelson. The teens look forward to other opportunities to volunteer for JA. “I enjoyed helping the kids and I think JA is a good way for them to learn about money,” said Bunny Chudzinski. Junior Achievement impacted more than 9,400 Sacramento area students during the 2010-2011 school year. With more than 400 business volunteers from throughout the region, Junior Achievement of Sacramento provides programs for students in grades K-12 that focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. JA’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success. This year, JA of Sacramento celebrates 50 years. To learn more, visit www.jasac.org. ~ Staff Report