Educators celebrates partnership with Junior Achievement

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Tim Greinert, left, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, and Eugene Szymczak, right, president of Educators Credit Union, stand with the mayor of JA BizTown after he proclaimed June 2, 2016, Educators Credit Union Day at JA BizTown.

In a late-morning ceremony Thursday, the mayor of Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown declared June 2, 2016, Educators Credit Union Day.

The ceremony, which also included a ribbon cutting at the Educators Credit Union financial wellness storefront in BizTown, celebrated the three-year partnership between Educators Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

“Junior Achievement for many, many years has been working with our local schools to make sure that our young people can bridge what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “Financial literacy couldn’t be a more important skill for our young people today.”

JA BizTown is a chance for fifth-graders to participate in a simulated economy — being an employee, a taxpayer and a consumer of goods and services. The students’ trip to BizTown at Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center in Milwaukee is the finale of weeks of classroom instruction and preparation.

Also at the Education Center is Finance Park, where eighth- through twelfth-graders can experience a month of personal income, budgeting and spending in one day.

The partnership between Educators and Junior Achievement includes the storefront in BizTown, tablets and debit cards used by students in Finance Park, as well as teacher training and support of Junior Achievement in Racine County.

Financial literacy is an important part of Educators mission, and the work with Junior Achievement is a wonderful partner in those efforts, said Educators president Eugene Szymczak.

“This partnership is an expression of our gratitude for the work you do,” he said. “And our gratitude and our faith in the kids. The message for the kids is to be the best you can, care about others and remember to give back when it’s your turn. It’s about giving back because you had the benefit of people caring about you.”