Rose Acres students invited to lead at Junior Achievement fundraising event
Rose Acres students invited to lead at Junior Achievement fundraising event
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Rose Acres Elementary School students took on leadership roles at the 30th annual Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser. Fourth-grader Riley Dye and fifth-grader Cameron White were among four students serving as masters of ceremonies. They attended rehearsals and used a teleprompter to address guests at the event.

“Their execution was flawless and the poise they displayed speaking to the 160 businessmen and women who attended the event was so impressive,” said Rawn Ford, director of advancement for JA of Greater St. Louis. Two other students served as greeters: fourth-grader Allen Gwaltney and fifth-grader Noah Suvansri.

Individuals from nearly 40 companies bowl for two hours during the Bowl-a-Thon to raise $420,000 for student programs. JA invited Rose Acres students to help at the fundraiser after they impressed business leaders at the school's Leadership Day last December. During this event, the school hosted JA's board of directors meeting. Business leaders attended a morning meeting, and many stayed in the afternoon to teach JA in a Day sessions. JA lessons prepare students for a successful future and include topics such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness.

Rose Acres includes JA units in the school’s second-, third- and fourth-grade social studies curriculum. Students in fifth grade participate in JA BizTown and spend four weeks learning about how communities function. At the end of these lessons, students spend the day at BizTown, which simulates how a town works. Students have jobs, get paid, manage a checking account, shop and more.

“Each year as we work with the Rose Acres staff, we are reminded of their commitment to excellence in their jobs,” said Katie Pagano, JA senior program manager. “Their students exude a commitment to their education and enthusiastically seize the opportunity demonstrate the positive influence they experience each day at Rose Acres. Rose Acres students are role models for students everywhere!”

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Cameron White and Riley Dye served as masters of ceremonies at the JA Bowl-A-Thon.

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Noah Suvansri and Allen Gwaltney greeted business leaders upon their arrival at the event.