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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will celebrate volunteers and teachers by hosting a Volunteer and Teacher Appreciation Event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road in Fort Myers. The event is free and open to the public and will feature free food, drinks, raffles and an awards ceremony to recognize volunteers for their contributions.

Last school year, 7,812 students participated in Junior Achievement programs and more than 166 volunteers from 98 businesses throughout Southwest Florida. This year’s totals are still pending, but Junior Achievement leaders anticipate that the number of students reached during the 2015-2016 school year will exceed last year’s numbers.

During the appreciation event, local students will participate and share their unique stories about how Junior Achievement has positively impacted their lives. Prospective volunteers are also invited to attend to learn about becoming a volunteer for Junior Achievement to help instill the organization’s three teaching pillars of entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy as they prepare young people for future success in the world of business.

“Volunteers are the positive role models, knowledgeable mentors and caring individuals that truly make a difference in the lives of our local youth, and it is inspiring to see the impact that our volunteers have on the students with whom they interact,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “Likewise, teachers play an enormous role in helping students develop the knowledge and skill sets that will help them succeed as they advance to higher levels of education and enter the workforce, and we share the greatest of gratitude for the many educators that join us in fulfilling our mission of preparing youth for their futures.”

For more information, or to RSVP for the event, please contact Lysa Kennedy at LKennedy@jaswfl.org or call 239-225-2590.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.