Litchfield Intermediate School Principal Jennifer Murphy was pleased to welcome the return of the Litchfield Bancorp contingent, many of whom have volunteered at the school at previous JA in a Day programs.
"It really is a benefit to our students to have adults who are not their parents or teachers come into the classroom to teach about real-life skills," Murphy said. "The lessons are relevant and make an important impact. It's a fun day, too. Our students love it."
Mayland, who is retired from a teaching career at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, taught JA Economics for Success, which explains the value of education and how personal skills, values and financial decisions impact success. He found the students to be willing and cooperative as he stood in front of the classroom delivering the lessons.
"They really gave thoughtful participation to the program rather than seeing it as just a welcome change from the daily routine they are used to," Mayland said. "My hope is that they will file away in their memory banks some of what we talked about so that they can use this evaluation as a tool to help them with the big decisions coming in their lives."
Senior Vice President Paul McLaughlin stood at the front of a classroom delivering lessons on how business uses resources to create products and how the success of those products is measured. Students were engaged and interested, making McLaughlin's job easier.
"It's quite a rewarding experience for all of us from Litchfield Bancorp to spend time teaching these wonderful students different business philosophies and teamwork," McLaughlin said. "Their attentiveness, energy and cooperation are to be commended. Their parents should be very proud."
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving students in kindergarten through grade 12 the knowledge and skills they need to plot their economic success, plan for their future, and make intelligent academic and economic choices. JA reaches four million students per year in 124 markets across the U.S. and 5.8 students internationally.
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $210 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Oakville, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to LitchfieldBancorp.com or call 860-567-9401.
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