Freedom H.S. students participate in High School Heroes program to give over 300 third graders in VA the JA® experience

 Members of Freedom High School's FBLA club volunteered at Cardinal Ridge Elementary School on Friday, March 11. 

Members of Freedom High School's FBLA club volunteered at Cardinal Ridge Elementary School on Friday, March 11. 

On Friday, March 11, Freedom High School students participated in their first ever High School Heroes program by teaching Junior Achievement® programs to elementary school students in Virginia. The High School Heroes program allows regional high school students to prepare and volunteer in the classroom at local elementary schools. It is an opportunity for the high school students to practice their leadership and professional presentation skills, while teaching elementary school students critical life skills and serving as role models for them.

The Freedom High School students who donated their time were members of two of Freedom High School’s academic clubs, DECA and FBLA. 20 members of the Freedom High School DECA club volunteered in seven third grade classrooms at Liberty Elementary School in Chantilly, Virginia, while 26 members of Freedom High School's FBLA club volunteered in seven third grade classrooms at Cardinal Ridge Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia.

The JA® Hero volunteers from Freedom High School taught the third graders the JA® Our City program, where the students are introduced to the basics of financial literacy through a developed understanding of how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Exploring the different characteristics of a city, students learn the methods used to pay for goods and services, the role of financial institutions, entrepreneurs and the media in a city’s well-being.

Between the two elementary schools, 348 students were reached by JA® during this event. JA of Greater Washington thanks all of the Freedom High School volunteers who donated their time to serve as High School Heroes.

About DECA Club
DECA is an international association of marketing students that provides members and advisors with development activities. Freedom’s DECA chapter officers and members work hard to maintain a strong, active chapter. Each day DECA students prepare for their regional and state competitions through written events, chapter work and school based enterprises.

About FBLA Club
FBLA is a nonprofit educational association that prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields. The FBLA Chapter at Freedom plans and implements professional, service, civic, and fundraising activities that prepare students for competition at a local, regional, and national level.