Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida held its annual volunteer and teacher appreciation event to honor local volunteers and teachers for their dedication to JA’s three teaching pillars of work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. During the 2012-13 school year, Junior Achievement recruited more than 400 volunteers who taught in more than 500 classes in Southwest Florida.

“It was our honor to bring together so many of our volunteers and teachers who give exceptional dedication and service to our young people and to simply say ‘thank you’,” said Anne Frazier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement. “Our Junior Achievement volunteers, with the support of classroom teachers, directly impacted more than 12,000 students this past year by bringing real-life experiences to our classrooms. We are grateful for their donation of time and talent.”

During the reception, the following individuals and businesses were recognized for their specific involvement: Key Classroom Business Partners of the Year: IBERIABANK with 25 classes taught, Wells Fargo with 24 classes and Regions Bank with 19 classes. Volunteers of the Year: Jim Molenaar, Collier County and Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Lee County. Teachers of the Year: Lisa Hanba, Collier County and Amy Rothenberg & Robert Scallan, Lee County. Rookie Volunteers of the Year: Julie Brazill, Collier County and Jeffrey Fusco, Lee County.

Special awards were given to Jim Shields who received the “JA Champion Award” for being a true champion of the mission, and Larry Medley who received the “JA Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 28 years of teaching classes and service to the organization.

For more information about volunteering with Junior Achievement, please contact Brittany Pickard, Program Manager for Collier and South Lee County at bpickard@jaswfl.org or Cecilia St. Arnold, Program Director for North Lee and Charlotte County at cstarnold@jaswfl.org.

About Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 119 individual area operations reach more than 4.2 million students in the U.S., with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Top Photo- Key Classroom Partner Award: IBERIABANK employees; Middle Photo- JA Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Medley; Bottom Photo- JA Champion Award: Jim Shields